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Boat Sank off Senegal Coast - 13 Migrants Dead

FILE - Undated photo of migrants from different nationalities: Somalia, Egypt and Morocco, Libya, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coat, Bangladesh, Senegal, Syria, Palestine, Benin and Tunisia at rest aboard the Spanish NGO Open Arms vessel.

A boat carrying migrants seeking to reach Europe capsized off the coast of Senegal, killing at least 13 people and leaving more than 40 others missing, according to local Red Cross officials

115 migrants were on a boat bound for Europe when it sank on the coast of Senegal, killing at least 13 and leaving more than 40 people missing.

The incident happened near Kafountine in the southern Casamance area Monday night, said Djadja Sambou, an official with the Senegal Red Cross.

The search is continuing for any survivors or to retrieve bodies.

The boat capsized after a fire broke out on board, according to local news reports.

Government officials are investigating what caused the accident happened and who was in charge of the boat and the migration operation, according to officials in the Ziguinchor area.

Senegal sees many people try to migrate to Europe each year by taking small boats on the hazardous sea route along West Africa's coastline. In August 2021, a boat carrying around 60 migrants capsized in Saint-Louis, in the north of Senegal, causing dozens of passengers to drown.