Responders rescue 14 from waters off Spain’s Mallorca, 3 missing

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Spain’s rescue service and the crew of a yacht rescued 14 people off the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca on Monday while three other people were missing, the government said after it had originally said two people were dead.

Those rescued appeared to be African migrants and were travelling on a rickety boat, said a spokeswoman for the Spanish government’s delegation on the island, who added that no bodies had been recovered.

The rescued people told authorities there were 17 aboard the boat, triggering a search for three other people.

Migrants from North Africa often attempt the dangerous crossing using dinghy boats in search of better life in Europe.