Crew who saved migrants are hailed as heroes

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1 September 2006, ALICANTE — The crew of a fishing boat which saved 51 immigrants who were adrift in the sea were hailed as heroes on Friday.

1 September 2006

ALICANTE — The crew of a fishing boat which saved 51 immigrants who were adrift in the sea were hailed as heroes on Friday.

The 10 members of the Francisco y Catalina returned to Santa Pola near Alicante after months at sea.

They found themselves in the middle of an international row after they rescued the migrants from a fragile boat in the seas off Malta in July.

A diplomatic row broke out when the Maltese authorities refused to let the fishing boat dock with the migrants.

The boat spent eight days with the migrants at sea while Spain, Malta and other European countries tried to settle the matter.

Finally, the migrants were split up and taken to Spain, Malta, Italy and Andorra.

The fishermen were honoured and they were given a hero's welcome on the quay of the dock by family and friends.  

Captain Jose Dura said: "We're only human, we would do it again."

After the incident, the ship returned to work, until it came back on Friday.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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