Rabat - Spain's marine rescue service on Friday found the bodies of Sub-Saharan migrants who attempted to reach Spain from Morocco on a Zodiac-type inflatable boat.
Rabat – Spain’s marine rescue service on Friday found the bodies of Sub-Saharan migrants who attempted to reach Spain from Morocco on a Zodiac-type inflatable boat.
“Four bodies were recovered, and all are men,” a spokesperson from Spain’s marine rescue told AFP.
The other 15 survivors were found in an area of the Mediterranean Sea to the northeast of the Moroccan coastal city of Al Hoceima and taken to the southern Spanish port of Malaga.
The boat was cracked and eventually lost its balance, while the survivors were straddling the sides of the boat that remained afloat. The bodies had been spotted by a helicopter.
A huge number of migrants attempt to reach Spain by sea, while others tried to cross the high gates of Ceuta and Melilia. Some have hid in trucks, containers or even under cars crossing the border.
Tens of thousands of migrants also try to make it to Italy and Greece from North Africa and the Middle East each year.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), approximately 3,000 people tried to reach Spain across the Mediterranean, 500,000 to reach Greece and 140,000 to reach Italy in 2015.
African migrants seeking a better life in Europe often try to reach Spain by crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Morocco.