Migrants headed to Spain saved as boat capsizes

Morocco has long been a jumping off point for people trying to reach Europe.

Updated: Aug 30, 2010, 09:46 AM IST

Rabat: The Moroccan news agency says 47 people from Africa and Bangladesh hoping to sneak into southern Spain were picked up by a boat after their makeshift craft capsized.
The MAP agency reported on Sunday that two people, including a pregnant woman, were hospitalised in the northeast Moroccan port of Al Hoceima after the group was picked up by a boat heading for Almeria, Spain.

The agency, citing security officials, said the incident on Saturday night came just hours after Morocco`s Royal Marines stopped another group of 75 sub-Saharan Africans and Bangladesh natives off the coast of Al Hoceima trying to get to Spain.

Morocco has long been a jumping off point for Africans and others trying to reach Europe clandestinely.