Responders rescue 14 from waters off Spain’s Mallorca, 3 lacking

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MADRID, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Spain’s rescue service and the crew of a yacht rescued 14 folks off the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca on Monday whereas three different folks had been lacking, the federal government mentioned after it had initially mentioned two folks had been lifeless.

Those rescued seemed to be African migrants and had been travelling on a rickety boat, mentioned a spokeswoman for the Spanish authorities’s delegation on the island, who added that no our bodies had been recovered.

The rescued folks instructed authorities there have been 17 aboard the boat, triggering a seek for three different folks.

Migrants from North Africa typically try the damaging crossing utilizing dinghy boats seeking higher life in Europe.

Sea-borne migration to Spain has surged this yr, with greater than 27,000 folks having made the crossing as of the top of September, up greater than 50% from the identical interval final yr.

Traffic alongside the Atlantic path to the Canary Islands accounts for the majority of the rise, however arrivals to the Balearic Islands have additionally risen round 20%.

Reporting by Nathan Allen and Joan Faus; modifying by Andrei Khalip and Dan Grebler