Ten dead immigrants found in drifting boat

20th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 January 2005, MADRID-Spanish rescue services have located a boat containing the bodies of 10 illegal immigrants some 500 kilometres (310 miles) south of Spain's Canary Islands.

20 January 2005

MADRID-Spanish rescue services have located a boat containing the bodies of 10 illegal immigrants some 500 kilometres (310 miles) south of Spain's Canary Islands.

In a statement the rescuers said they had been alerted on Wednesday by a container ship which had noticed and then moored the boat, reporting that there were no survivors onboard.

A Spanish coast guard ship was expected to arrive at the scene early on Thursday.

The identity or nationality of the 10 has not been established.

The Canary Islands are, with the Strait of Gibraltar, the most popular destination for people trying to reach Spain from North Africa.

Thousands each year attempt the perilous voyage but dozens drown in the process.

In 2004, 15,675 illegal immigrants aboard 740 ships were intercepted off the coast of Spain and the Canary islands, while 81 corpses were found by the Spanish authorities and rescue services.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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