At least seven migrants were killed and one was left in critical condition when a rubber dinghy ran aground on the coast of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands, police and emergency services sources told Efe news agency.
The boat was first seen at midday by a lifeguard who immediately alerted authorities.
Inside the dinghy, rescue services found five dead bodies showing symptoms of drowning and hypothermia, and another corpse was found in the water.
Two men were rescued from the sea with drowning symptoms, but one died later while emergency services tried to resuscitate him and the other remained hospitalised in critical condition.
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