Nearly 50 Migrants Die on Boat En Route to Europe

MADRID, Spain (AP) -- A patrol boat has rescued nearly 100 migrants after they spent three weeks at sea off the coast of West Africa.

Officials say the surviving migrants threw nearly 50 bodies overboard as their vessel lost power and supplies became scarce. Survivors have told relief workers that the captain of the boat was among the dead.

A Red Cross official says the survivors are exhausted, and many appear to be in shock. He says the U.N. and other international groups have dispatched teams to help them.

Most of the group were Senegalese, along with some from Mali, Guinea-Bissau and Gambia.

The boat set out from Senegal with as many as 150 people and apparently traveled hundreds of miles. It is one of the highest death tolls this year among Africans trying to escape poverty and reach Spain.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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