Around 50 migrants are feared to have drowned in waters off the Moroccan coast, the Spanish coastguard has said.
Rescue services managed to retrieve three “exhausted and disorientated” men from a half-sunk rubber dinghy near to Alborán Island.
It is believed many more were originally on board.
The survivors are aged between 17 and 25, and from sub-Saharan Africa. They have been taken to hospital in Almería.
If the missing are confirmed dead, this will be the deadliest sea crossing of 2017 in this part of the Mediterranean.
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