Today, 11 lifeless bodies were found in the Mediterranean near the Spanish island of Mallorca. A government spokesman said three people had been rescued.
Emergency services sent helicopters and lifeboats to the island of Cabrera, south of Mallorca, popular with tourists. The archipelago is located more than 300 kilometers east of Valencia. The Coast Guard began a rescue operation after a dhow crew reported counting “about 17 dead bodies at sea.”
Hours after the operation, there was no confirmation that they were migrants, but an increasing number of migrants have attempted to reach the Spanish islands or mainland Spain by boat in recent weeks. The Coast Guard rescued 277 people in 24 hours last week.
This year alone, at least 1,000 people have died traveling by sea to Spanish territory in what the International Organization for Migration calls “the deadliest year on the migration path to Spain”.
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