Stormy conditions leave at least 18 migrants dead off the coast of Spain

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CRISIS: 18 migrants confirmed dead with many more missing Photo Credit: Salvamento Maritimo and Info Libre via Twitter

EIGHTEEN migrants have been confirmed dead over the last two days while attempting to cross the Alboran Sea between Africa and Spain in stormy conditions.

Reports claim the migrant’s boat encountered problems while navigating the seas during fierce storm conditions.

Yesterday (Monday), the bodies of 13 migrants were found off the coast of Melilla, Spain’s enclave in Africa.

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An estimated 15-17 migrants were reported missing from the doomed vessel, of which, five have since been found dead off of the coast of Cadiz, Spain according to the Guardia Civil.

However, despite the rough seas, the Guardia Civil report “20 migrants arrived in the midst of a storm” to Cadiz in a “wooden, very old” boat.

Salvamento Maritimo successfully managed to rescue 100 migrants from the rough seas within the space of 24 hours.

This year has, so far, seen an estimated 49,000 migrants arrive in Spain by sea, of which at least 567 have lost their lives during the treacherous journey according to a UN report.

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