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Spain: Smuggler Tosses Passengers Off Jet Ski

MADRID -- Spanish police say a human smuggler trying to sneak two Moroccans into Spain by crossing the Strait of Gibraltar on a jet ski threw them into the water when detected by coastal authorities and that one drowned.

A Civil Guard statement Tuesday said the incident happened Sept. 9 near the Spanish town of Tarifa. The Moroccan driver has been charged with negligent manslaughter.

One of the travelers managed to swim ashore after being dumped 500 meters from it, but the other did not survive.

Spain is a lure for poor North and sub-Saharan Africans because it is Europe's southern gateway.

Every year, thousands try to reach the Spanish mainland or Spain's Canary Islands off the coast of west Africa.