Thirteen sub-Saharan African migrants died and another 80 were rescued at sea after they tried to reach Spain in two boats from the North African coast, Spanish authorities has said.
It said nine of the dead -- all men -- were recovered at sea and Red Cross efforts to revive four others also failed.
The two vessels were recovered 32 km off the coast of Melilla, it said, without giving details on the state of the vessels.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 47,000 migrants have arrived by sea in Spain since the start of the year and another 564 have died or disappeared during the journey, often made onboard overcrowded and unseaworthy vessels.
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