Spanish rescuers are trying to locate three boats carrying over 300 people that went missing off the Canary Islands.


Spanish rescuers are searching the waters off the Canary Islands for a boat carrying at least 200 African migrants who went missing more than a week ago.

The aid group Walking Borders says the fishing boat sailed from Kafountine, a coastal town in southern Senegal that is roughly 1,700km (1,057 miles) from Tenerife.

The group says many children were on board, Spain’s Efe news agency reports.

Two similar boats carrying dozens more people are also said to be missing.

The boat carrying about 200 people left Kafountine on June 27, heading for the Canary Islands.

Spain’s maritime rescue service told EFE that a plane had joined the search.

There are few details about the other two boats. Reuters news agency quoted Helena Maleno of Walking Borders as saying that one boat has about 65 people on board and the other up to 60, which would bring the total number of people missing across the three boats to more than 300. Foreign Media