CRUISE SHIP RESCUES 68 MIGRANTS HEADING FOR SPAIN’S CANARIES

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A luxury cruise ship that rescued 68 migrants trying to reach the Spanish Canary Islands in a fishing boat reached the island of Tenerife on Friday morning.
 
The embarkation had stalled in rough seas on its way to the archipelago with six people died in the incident.
 
Canary Islands have become the main point of entry to Spain for illegal migrants from Africa in recent years and the route is also the deadliest. Migration rights group Walking Borders said last week that nearly 5,000 migrants died at sea on that route during the first five months of 2024.
 
The Insignia, which is owned by Miami-based Oceania Cruises, also recovered three bodies from the boat. 
 
Bad weather prevented recovery of another two bodies so the ship left a locating device to facilitate the search.
 

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