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Woman and 10-year-old girl die on migrant boat crossing
12 April 2017 @ 12:49

SURVIVORS of a migrant boat which capsized out to sea were brought to safety at Almería port last night (Tuesday) after a woman and a 10-year-old girl lost their lives.

The jerry-built craft went down near Alborán Island, about halfway between Almería and northern Morocco, carrying 32 sub-Saharan Africans desperate to reach Europe.

Like many who risk their lives daily in an attempt to escape poverty, political turbulence and armed conflict and never reach dry land again, two of the occupants drowned and another man is missing.

Red Cross workers rescued the remaining 22 men and seven women, and say all bar two of the migrants are in good health.

A pregnant woman said to be 'very ill', and another African whose condition has not been revealed, were air-lifted to hospital.

“Usually they cheer when they get on board the Coastguard craft, knowing they are now safely en route to their destination, but not today,” said the rescue boat captain.

“Nobody likes arriving with dead bodies on board, especially those of children.”


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