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Spain rescues migrants at sea but more are reported missing

LISBON, Portugal ( Associated Press) – Spanish emergency services said Tuesday they rescued 57 sub-Saharan migrants making their way to the Canary Islands on an inflatable boat, a day after their boat capsized on the same dangerous route from Africa. But 28 people were reported missing. ,

Spain’s Maritime Rescue Service said one of its boats rescued 40 men, 14 women and three children two hours before dawn.

A rescue service official said last night two of its helicopters rescued 13 people from an inflatable boat in rough seas about 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of the Canary Islands.

According to the official, the survivors said that 41 people were on board when the boat was hit by the big wave, but the missing could not be traced.

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The officer spoke on the condition of anonymity in accordance with departmental rules.

Travel from the Atlantic to the Canary Islands is one of the world’s most dangerous migratory routes, officials and rights groups say, with trips in overloaded boats often taking more than a week to reach the Spanish archipelago and European soil.

Last year 22,316 migrants arrived via the Canary Islands.

According to Spain’s Interior Ministry, from January to mid-April this year, 6,359 migrants arrived in the archipelago. This is an increase of 60% compared to the same period last year.

The International Organization for Migration, a United Nations body, says 211 migrants have reportedly died or gone missing so far this year, compared to 1,176 in full last year. The exact number of people who died in the crossing attempt is not known.

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