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Migrants rescued from flimsy inflatable boat off Spanish coast

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Would-be immigrants row in an inflatable boat off the Spanish coast on December 3, 2012.

Spanish emergency services and the Moroccan navy intercepted three inflatable boats carrying sub-Saharan migrants across the Strait of Gibraltar on Monday, Agence France-Presse reports.

Thousands of Africans attempt to reach Europe from Morocco every year by crossing the narrow straits, often in leaky boats, with many dying.

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A would-be immigrant is helped to get on board a Spanish emergency services (Salvamento Maritimo) boat off the Spanish coast on December 3, 2012.

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Would-be immigrants use their own cell phones to call relatives and other immigrant boats after being rescued by Spanish emergency services in the Strait of Gibraltar on December 3, 2012.

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A would-be immigrant prays after boarding a boat of the Spanish emergency services in the Strait of Gibraltar on December 3, 2012.

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