July 20, 2024
Tragedy at sea: 89 migrants perish off Mauritanian coast

Tragedy at sea: 89 migrants perish off Mauritanian coast

A tragic incident has occurred off the coast of Mauritania, where nearly 90 migrants lost their lives when their vessel capsized on its perilous journey towards Europe. The disaster, which unfolded on Monday, was confirmed by the Mauritanian official agency and a senior local official on Thursday.

Dozens more migrants are reported missing following the tragedy.

“Mauritanian coastguards recovered the bodies of 89 people from a large traditional fishing boat that capsized on Monday, July 1st, off the Atlantic Ocean coast, 4 km from the town of Ndiago in southwest Mauritania,” reported the Mauritanian Information Agency.

The coastguards managed to rescue nine survivors, including a five-year-old girl.

According to survivor testimonies cited by the agency, the vessel had departed from the border between Senegal and The Gambia, carrying 170 passengers.

This would imply that 72 individuals are still unaccounted for.

A senior official from the local administration, speaking anonymously to AFP, provided similar details about the incident.

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