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Spanish coast guard clears body of Mediterranean migrant victim from the beach



Seven drown chasing the European dream: Spanish coast guard drags a lifeless body to the shore as Mediterranean death toll for the year hit 2,000

  • The image in Canos de Meca shows the coast guard pulling the body up a beach
  • Seven bodies were pulled from the water after a migrant boat crashed into rocks
  • The UN said that more than 2,000 migrants had died aiming for Europe in 2018

By Tim Stickings For Mailonline and Reuters

Published: 12:00 EST, 8 November 2018 | Updated: 16:13 EST, 8 November 2018

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The broken body of a migrant who died trying to cross the Mediterranean for a new life in the West is cleared away by the Spanish coast guard in the latest harrowing image to emerge from southern Europe's deadly shores.

The image shows a Spanish civil guard officer pulling the dead body up the beach while a colleague watches on with waves gently rolling up the shore. 

It was taken near the village of Canos de Meca in southern Spain, where seven bodies were pulled from the water after their boat crashed into rocks. 

Earlier this week the UN said that more than 2,000 migrants have died so far this year trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.

The lifeless body of a migrant who died trying to cross the Mediterranean for a new life in Spain is pulled from the beach by Spanish coast guard officers at Canos de Meca today 
The lifeless body of a migrant who died trying to cross the Mediterranean for a new life in Spain is pulled from the beach by Spanish coast guard officers at Canos de Meca today 

The lifeless body of a migrant who died trying to cross the Mediterranean for a new life in Spain is pulled from the beach by Spanish coast guard officers at Canos de Meca today 

At the weekend at least 17 migrants died in the space of 24 hours while trying to cross the sea from North Africa to Spain.

Rescuers picked up more than 100 others, the Spanish coast guard announced on Monday.

Two rafts were found in the Western Mediterranean between the Iberian peninsula and Morocco and Algeria with 80 people aboard, and 13 dead.

The survivors were all transferred to the Spanish enclave of Melilla, which borders Morocco.

The coast guard also found four bodies and rescued 22 men in the Atlantic off the southern Spanish city of Cadiz.  

The men from northern Africa were picked up after the wooden dinghy in which they were travelling hit a reef close to the coast west of the Strait of Gibraltar.  

Spain has now become the main destination for undocumented migrants and refugees from Africa and the Middle East trying to reach Europe.

The Iberian peninsula has become a new target since Italy's populist government launched a crackdown on immigration after taking office in June this year. 

Italy has repeatedly refused rescue ships entry to its ports and interior minister Matteo Salvini said migrants would only see the country 'on a postcard'.  

Spain's socialist PM Pedro Sanchez, who also came to power earlier this year, has taken a more liberal approach.   

The remains of a dinghy lie on the beach near the village of Canos de Meca in southern Spain, where Spain's rescue service said at least 17 people had died heading for Europe 
The remains of a dinghy lie on the beach near the village of Canos de Meca in southern Spain, where Spain's rescue service said at least 17 people had died heading for Europe 

The remains of a dinghy lie on the beach near the village of Canos de Meca in southern Spain, where Spain's rescue service said at least 17 people had died heading for Europe 

Members of Spanish Civil Guard look for the bodies of drowned migrants with the help of a helicopter near the village of Canos de Meca after two separate migrant incidents 
Members of Spanish Civil Guard look for the bodies of drowned migrants with the help of a helicopter near the village of Canos de Meca after two separate migrant incidents 

Members of Spanish Civil Guard look for the bodies of drowned migrants with the help of a helicopter near the village of Canos de Meca after two separate migrant incidents 

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