Boat capsizes near Spain’s Canary islands: 52 people feared dead

Reports says that 52 people are feared dead after a boat capsized in the Atlantic Ocean about 220 kilometres off Spain’s Canary Islands.

Spain’s Maritime Rescue Service said a 30-year-old woman was the sole survivor saved on Thursday from the sinking dinghy, which had left Africa a week earlier carrying 53 migrants and refugees.

A merchant ship had earlier spotted the vessel south of the Canary Islands and alerted Spanish emergency services, according to Al Jazeera.

The woman was clinging to the sinking craft with a dead man and a dead woman next to her, a rescue service official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Asssociated Press.

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