An air and sea search is continuing off the coast of the Canary Islands for dozens of African migrants lost overboard in heavy seas as the authorities were trying to rescue them. Their wooden, canoe-shaped, vessel, with more than 100 people aboard, capsized in the dark.
48 people were pulled to safety but the others were not found. As the number of African migrants flooding Spanish and Italian ports continues to spiral, four people, including a child, died when two boats sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa. An Italian fishing vessel rescued 14 more people in Libyan waters. And 24 migrants hijacked a Tunisian fishing boat forcing the crew to take them to Lampedusa. It is feared thousands of Africans die every year trying to make the crossing to Europe.