58 migrants dead after boat carrying 150 capsizes near Mauritania
Scores of migrants swam through the rough Atlantic Ocean waters to get to safety after their boat capsized, while 58 of them drowned.
The boat had left Gambia a week ago and had been carrying at least 150 people, including women and children. Those who managed to reach safety were receiving care on Thursday in Mauritania, following one of the deadliest disasters this year.
“Many drowned. The ones who survived swam up to the Mauritanian coast close to the city of Nouadhibou,” a UN spokesperson said.
Despite the country’s small size, more than 35,000 Gambians arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2018.