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Spain coastguards find three dead migrants on boat, save 82

AFP  |  Madrid 

Spain's coastguards rescued 82 migrants trying to cross the today but found the bodies of three other people on board one boat.

In a tweet, the coastguards said the migrants were on two separate boats and were rescued in the Alboran Sea, between and Spain's Andalusian coast.

"They are being transferred to Almeria (on the coast)," they added.

It was as yet unclear what the three people had died of.

is the third busiest gateway for migrants arriving in Europe, still far behind but catching up fast with

Many Africans undertaking the long route to are choosing to avoid crossing danger-ridden to get to along the so-called central route, and choosing instead to get there via and


According to the (IOM), more than 22,400 people arrived in by sea last year, almost triple the number in 2016.

Some 223 people died along the way.

So far this year, at least 75 others have lost their lives trying to cross the to reach

Of fatal incidents known to AFP, Moroccan recovered the bodies of 16 migrants off the coast of Spain's overseas territory of Melilla in earlier this month.

All were sub-Saharan Africans apart from one Moroccan.

And in January, seven African migrants drowned or died from hypothermia, exhaustion and hunger as they tried to reach the Canary Islands.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 19:50 IST
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