Migrant boat from Senegal carrying 200 people missing off Canary Islands

Spanish rescuers are searching waters off the Canary Islands for a boat carrying at least 200 African migrants who went missing more than a week ago, the BBC reports,

The aid group Walking Borders says the fishing boat sailed from Kafountine, a coastal town in southern Senegal that is roughly 1,700km from Tenerife.

The group says many children are on board, Spain’s Efe news agency reports.

Two similar boats carrying dozens more people are also said to be missing.

The boat carrying about 200 people left Kafountine on 27 June, heading for the Canary Islands.

Spain’s maritime rescue service told Efe that a plane had joined the search.

There are few details about the other two boats. Reuters news agency quoted Helena Maleno of Walking Borders as saying that one has about 65 people on board, the other up to 60, which would bring the total number of people missing across the three boats to more than 300.

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