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One dead, 17 missing as migrant boat heading to Canary Islands capsizes

Published 18/11/2015

Many migrants are trying to make their way to Europe
Many migrants are trying to make their way to Europe

At least one person has died and 17 are missing after a boat capsized off the western coast of Africa while trying to take Sub-Saharan Africans to the Canary Islands, Spain's coast guard said.

A search is taking place after 22 men from the boat were rescued on Tuesday evening after it capsized near Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, a coast guard spokeswoman said.

Searchers found the body about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Western Sahara and 237 kilometres (147 miles) from the Canary Islands.

Survivors told authorities there were 40 or more people aboard when the boat capsized.

Meanwhile, Turkey's state-run media said rescuers are searching for 10 migrants reported missing after a boat sank on its way to Greece.

The Anadolu Agency said five Syrians were rescued on Wednesday off the Aegean coast of Bodrum - the main crossing point for the Greek island of Kos.

A coast guard aircraft was also dispatched to the area to search for the missing from the air.

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