At least 89 migrants die when their boat sinks en route to Europe

At least 89 migrants die when their boat sinks en route to Europe

Nearly 90 migrants died and dozens more were missing on Monday, when their boat sank off the coast of Mauritania while en route to Europe, local media reported.

“The Mauritanian coast guard found the bodies of 89 people aboard a large traditional fishing boat which capsized on Monday July 1 on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean” 4 kilometers from the town of Ndiago (south western Mauritania), reported the Mauritanian Information Agency.

The Coast Guard rescued nine people, including a 5-year-old girl, she said. The agency cites testimonies from survivors according to which the boat left from the border between Senegal and Gambia with 170 passengers on board, which would bring the number of missing to 72.

This is the latest tragedy on the Atlantic migratory route, with the first destination being the Canaries, a Spanish archipelago and gateway to Europe. A multitude of Africans fleeing poverty, unemployment or the absence of future prospects take this perilous route by embarking clandestinely in exchange for money on canoes or precarious boats which can transport dozens of passengers.

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