Spain rescues 48 immigrants, including six children and three pregnant women

The Spanish Maritime Rescue Service rescued 48 sub-Saharan immigrants on Friday, including six children and three pregnant women, when they were heading to the Canary Islands from the African continent in a precarious boat.

As reported to EFE by a Salvage spokesman, the boat was located 185 kilometers from Gran Canaria thanks to the coordinates provided by the telephone number of one of the occupants, which allowed a Norwegian-flagged oil tanker sailing off the coast to be sent to their aid. area.

Subsequently, a Spanish patrol boat and rescue ship helped the immigrants, who were some 200 kilometers from Cape Bojador (Sahara).

On board were 24 women, 18 men and six minors, who were evacuated to the Canarian port of ArguineguĂ­n.

Between January 1 and February 28, 3,094 people entered Spain irregularly, 56.9% less than in the same period of 2022, according to the latest data from the Ministry of the Interior.

Most of them (2,948) arrived by sea and more than half of these reached the coasts of the Atlantic Canary Islands, a total of 1,865, with a decrease of 66.1% compared to 2022.


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