Five persons drowned, 193 rescued after six rafts carrying migrants sank

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Five migrants drowned and 193 were rescued in the western Mediterranean sea off the Spanish coast, the Spanish coastguard said on Thursday, after six rafts sank.


Dozens of migrants dressed in hooded white forensic suits disembarked from a rescue vessel on Thursday in the port of Motril in the southern region of Andalusia, video footage showed.

Survivors from one of the rafts rescued said four other people had been lost at sea earlier in the journey, a spokeswoman for the coastguard said but could not confirm the higher death toll.

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