MADRID, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Spanish Civil Guards have confirmed that the bodies of two immigrants were recovered off the southwest coast of the country over the weekend.
Both of the bodies were lifted from waters close to the coast of Cadiz, with the Civil Guards recovering one body, thought to be that of an adult male, near Tarifa. The second body was recovered from the sea by a Portuguese naval patrol and was taken to the southwest Spanish port of Algeciras for identification.
The news came only two days after a boat carrying more than 100 illegal immigrants sank Saturday off the western Libyan town of Garrabulli, killing 31 aboard.
According to a study by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) released on Nov. 21, between Jan. 1 and Nov. 19 this year, a total of 18,818 immigrants reached Spain, representing a significant increase from the number of approximately 8,000 people who have succeeded in their endeavors to reach Spain in 2016.