20 migrants missing in Mediterranean: Spanish coastguard

(VOVWORLD) - About 20 migrants are missing in the Mediterranean Sea after a rescue operation that saved 27 others from a sinking boat, the Spanish coastguard said Wednesday. 

A ferry traveling between Nador in northern Morocco and Motril in the south of Spain spotted the boat in trouble on Wednesday afternoon and rescued the 27 people on board, among whom were two women and a girl. The rescuers "did not see anyone in the water" around the boat, the source added. Helana Maleno of the migrant rights NGO Caminando Fronteras (Walking Borders), stated on Twitter that the missing people had died. Of the rescued migrants, six were evacuated by helicopter to Almeria in Spain for medical care, said the coastguard spokesperson, adding that Spanish rescuers were willing to help Morocco in the search for those missing.