Harraga sinking : the search continues off Morocco
- Search operations resumed Monday near the Spanish island of Perejil, off the coast of Morocco, to find the bodies of dozens of illegal African migrants missing since the sinking of a boat Saturday that killed at least eight people according to the Spanish rescue.
- "Relief operations have resumed Monday morning at about 08:00 am (10 :00 GMT) to find the bodies of dozens of immigrants because there is now no chance of finding survivors," said a spokesman for Spanish maritime rescue in Tarifa (southern).
Saturday, early in the morning, an inflatable boat with 42 immigrant aboard probably Nigerian and Senegalese according to a Moroccan security source, 60 according to the Spanish Red Cross, had been wrecked while trying to reach the Spanish coast.
Saturday, rescuers recovered eight bodies (one man and seven women including one pregnant) and found eleven survivors. Despite the important mechanism put in place, searches for the other passengers of the boat have so far proven unsuccessful.
Significant air and sea means are mobilized. The Moroccan navy, rescue services at sea from Tarifa (southern), the Civil Guard and the Spanish army are involved in operations, helped Monday by the good weather and good visibility.
A maritime rescue helicopter also flew over the Spanish zone, expanded Sunday and spread over 20 kilometers along the northern coast of Morocco.
Ennaharonline/ M. O.