Several West African migrants have been found dead aboard a boat drifting off Cape Verde, along with around FOURTY survivors.
The exact number of casualties is unconfirmed.
The boat had reportedly set off from Senegal a month ago with around ONE HUNDRED people onboard.
It’s believed the vessel was heading for the Spanish Canary Islands, a popular gateway for migrants to the European Union.
Thousands of people fleeing poverty and war risk their lives to make the dangerous crossing each year, often in modest boats or motorised canoes supplied by smugglers.