A total of 136 immigrants rescued in one day
24 July 2006, MADRID – A total of 136 immigrants trying to reach Spain were rescued from the sea on Monday morning.
24 July 2006
MADRID – A total of 136 immigrants trying to reach Spain were rescued from the sea on Monday morning.
A canoe near to the south of the island Gran Canaría containing 48 Africans was rescued, but two of the immigrants were already dead and another was said to be seriously ill.
Another 90 immigrants in a second canoe were rescued by the hospital boat Esperanza del Mar. A fishermen alerted authorities after seeing the canoe 80 miles south of Dakhala in Morocco.
The Esperanza docked at 10am at the port in Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria where the immigrants were given a medical check by Cruz Roja. They were due to be taken to the police station or to the asylum centre in Barranco Seco.
The rescues come a few days after a Spanish fishing boat rescued 51 immigrants who were in danger of drowning near to Malta. Malta had refused to admit the immigrants.
Sources at the foreign ministry told Efe the immigrants on Monday were taken to Gran Canaria because their nationality was not known. However, some reports said Morocco had refused to let the immigrants land at its port.
Since the start of the summer, La Esperanza alone has rescued at least 202 immigrants from the southern Atlantic.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news