Twelve Africans die on boat bound for Canarys

20th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 August 2007, MADRID - Twelve Africans died on board a boat headed for the Canary Islands with fellow travelers throwing many of the bodies overboard into the Atlantic Ocean, the Red Cross said Monday.

20 August 2007

MADRID - Twelve Africans died on board a boat headed for the Canary Islands with fellow travelers throwing many of the bodies overboard into the Atlantic Ocean, the Red Cross said Monday.

The boat was spotted Sunday near Fuerteventura, an island less than 100 kilometers (62 miles) off the coast of northwest Africa, with 29 people aboard. Thirteen people were hoisted off by helicopter and brought ashore, along with the body of a dead man.

The boat, with 15 men aboard, was escorted to the shore. The men told the Red Cross they had thrown the eight bodies into the sea during their journey.

Eight people were also hospitalized for hypothermia and dehydration.

A second boat with 120 sub-Saharan migrants arrived on the island of Tenerife Monday after a 14-day journey at sea. The Red Cross said the travelers included some children. Twelve of the 120 needed treatment.

More than 30,000 migrants from Africa seeking a better life in Europe were intercepted while trying to reach the Canary Islands in crowded boats in 2006.

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Subject: Spanish news

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