Refugee boat sinks off Spanish coast, 1 dead

  08 May 2019    Read: 1410
Refugee boat sinks off Spanish coast, 1 dead

A boat carrying 24 irregular migrants sank off the southern coast of Spain on Wednesday, security officials said, reports citing Anadolu Agency. 

Twenty-two migrants were rescued alive but a woman died and a child has gone missing after a wave capsized the boat near the coast of Cadiz city, said Guardia Civil in a statement.

Search and rescue operations are being carried out from land, sea and air to find the missing child.

In 2018, more than 58,500 irregular migrants arrived in Spain, a figure authorities predict could rise this year.

Some 395 irregular migrants reached to the southern shores of the country between May 3 and 5.

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