13 migrants killed after boat capsizes off Senegal

Representatives of the Senegalese Red Cross said a boat carrying migrants trying to reach Europe capsized off the coast of Senegal, killing at least 13 people.

Gaja Sambo, a member of the Senegalese Red Cross, said the accident occurred on Monday night near Cafontein in the southern region of Casamance.

Rescuers said that there were about 150 people on board the boat, 91 of them managed to be rescued, more than 40 were missing, the search for survivors or bodies is still ongoing.

Officials are investigating the cause of the accident, who is responsible for the boat and the migration process, according to officials in the Ziguinchor area.

In Senegal, many people annually attempt to migrate to Europe in small boats along the dangerous sea route along the coast of West Africa.

In August 2021, a boat carrying about 60 migrants capsized off the coast of St. Louis in northern Senegal, drowning dozens of passengers.

Source: AP

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