Young men from Mali wait at a Red Cross shelter in Irun, northern Spain, close to the border with France | Photo: EPA/Juan Herrero
Young men from Mali wait at a Red Cross shelter in Irun, northern Spain, close to the border with France | Photo: EPA/Juan Herrero

The migrant is the second person to drown in the Bidasoa river in an attempt to reach France from Spain in three months.

A man drowned in Irún, a border town in Spain's Basque Country, while trying to cross the Bidasoa river to France on Sunday morning (August 8).

According to Spanish media, the migrant slipped as soon as he entered the water and did not come out again. A local reportedly jumped into the water to save the man and another migrant attempting to cross the river also tried to rescue him, but their efforts failed.

The victim has not yet been officially identified.

Second migrant death in Bidasoa river

On Monday, the Irún town council expressed its "sadness and pain" for the "extreme situation of the youths ... seeking desperately to cross the border and risk their lives."

They said that Sunday's incident marked the second death of a migrant at that spot within three months. In May, a young man from Ivory Coast named Yaya Karamogo died while trying to swim across the river.

 

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