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Fishing boat carrying migrants capsized twice

December 19, 2006


— A fishing boat crowded with more than 100 African migrants capsized at least twice while sailing to Spain's Canary Islands, spilling passengers and leaving scores dead as survivors drifted for about 10 days without food or water, officials said Monday.

The boat sank Saturday off Senegal's coast and a Red Cross official said at least 80 migrants died. Fishermen rescued about two dozen people in the water near St. Louis, and about 12 were hospitalized Monday at the health clinic in the northern Senegal town.


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