MADRID, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Twelve immigrants might have died on Monday after a boat carrying immigrants capsizes off the Spanish coast, Spanish authorities said.
According to Spanish government sources, at least 144 immigrants on board seven ships have been rescued in the past hours off the coast of Almeria in the southeast of Spain, Montril, which is close to Malaga, Lanzarote, which is one of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on the coast of North Africa.
Rescue forces rescued some 30 people from a boat carrying 42 people which overturned, casting its occupants into the sea.
So far only one body has been recovered, as the Guardia Civil continue to search the area for any possible survivors.
Meanwhile, two pregnant women who were rescued have been taken to local hospitals, while the rest of the immigrants, the majority of whom are reported to be from Africa, are being looked after by the Red Cross who gave them first aid as well as blankets and warm clothes.
Every year hundreds of prospective immigrants have to be rescued in Spanish waters as they attempt to cross from Africa to Spain. The majority of them are then put in holding centers on the Spanish mainland prior to being deported back to their homelands.