Two more migrant boats found in Mallorca waters as 16 held by police

Number of migrant boats landing in Mallorca five times last year's figure already

LAST UPDATED: 26 Sep, 2017 @ 16:02
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SIXTEEN migrants have been detained after two boats arrived off the coast of Mallorca.

One boat was picked up near Cabrera, while a second vessel was found containing just one passenger near Santanyi.

Police have been searching the area to see if any passengers made it ashore.

MIGRANT BOAT: Fifteen vessels have landed in Mallorca this year

So far, 15 migrant boats have arrived on the island in 2017, a five-fold increase on last year’s total figure of three, when 38 migrants made it to Mallorca.

One of the migrants’ motor boats was detected by police radar in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

A Guardia Civil spokesperson told the Olive Press the migrants would be transferred to a holding centre in Barcelona.

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