‘More than 40 dead’ as explosion rips through migrant boat off Spain

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CLINGING ON FOR LIFE: Rescued after two days at sea


A DEVASTATING explosion at sea has ripped apart an overcrowded migrant boat leaving 43 dead – including women and children.

The passengers, thought to be from across multiple Sub-Saharan territories, were crammed onto the vessel which experienced flooding as it attempted to cross from Morocco into Spanish waters in the Alboran Sea.

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The captain’s decision to press onwards while the boat was taking on a large quantity of water ultimately proved fatal.

Restarting the stalled, water-damaged engine caused a massive explosion which reduced the boat to a wreck.


Those who survived the horror were found clinging onto wreckage two days by a Spanish maritime rescue helicopter after the explosion.

Reports suggest around ten migrants survived the tragedy.

The boat’s captain, a Senegalese man known only identifies as B, is under investigation for homicide by the UCRIF, a branch of the National Police.


The investigation will also aim to shed light on the criminal gangs responsible and hold them accountable for the tragic loss of life.





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