In the Mediterranean Sea not far from the Spanish island of Mallorca, eleven lifeless bodies were salvaged on Monday. Three people have been rescued, a government spokesman said.
Emergency services had sent helicopters and lifeboats to the Cabrera Islands south of Majorca popular with tourists. The archipelago is located 300 kilometres east of Valencia. The Coast Guard had started a rescue operation after a tip-off by the crew of a sailboat that reported having counted “about 17 lifeless bodies in the sea”.
A few hours after the operation there was no confirmation of migrants, but a growing number of migrants have tried to reach Spanish islands or mainland Spain by boat in recent weeks.
The Coast Guard saved 277 people in a day last week. This year alone, at least a thousand people died in their journey by sea to Spanish territory in what the International Organization for Migration calls “the deadliest year on the migration route to Spain”.