5 Jul, 2023 @ 14:15
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Spain’s Maritime Rescue service pulls 187 migrants from waters off the Canary Islands’ coasts

Rescatados 61 Migrantes Subsaharianos A Bordo De Una Patera En Las Costas De Tenerife
A canoe with 61 sub-Saharan migrants on board was intercepted on Saturday while sailing towards the island of Tenerife, according to sources from the Maritime Rescue. The cayuco, located by the Salvamar Alpheratz boat, has arrived at the port of Los Cristianos with nine minors among the occupants, migrants (Photo by Mercedes Menendez / Pacific Press)

SPAIN’S Maritime Rescue service last night pulled around 187 migrants out of the waters off the coasts of Canary Islands of Tenerife and El Hierro, according to the 112 emergency service. 

A total of 159 people were taken to the port of Los Cristianos in Tenerife, thanks to assistance by the emergency services and the Red Cross. Four of the migrants were taken for hospital treatment, according to news agency Europa Press.

Meanwhile, a further 28 people were rescued in the early hours of Wednesday morning after their rickety boat was located by the Royal Navy Vessel HMS Scott when it was some 61 kilometres southeast of El Hierro. 

The 28 migrants – all of them sub-Saharan – were taken to the port of La Restinga in El Hierro at around 3.30am on Wednesday morning. All were in good health. 

The rescues are the latest in a series of incidents involving would-be migrants trying to reach Spain. On Sunday, a vessel carrying 65 men was intercepted on its way to the south of Tenerife. There was a dead body on board, while another occupant was taken to a local hospital in a serious condition. 

In late June, at least two migrants died after their boat overturned some 160 kilometres off the coast of Gran Canaria and they had to wait 10 hours for a rescue.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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