Eighty-nine illegal immigrants rescued at sea

25th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 April 2007, MADRID – Spain was negotiating with Senegal to return 89 would-be illegal immigrants who were rescued in the sea off the Canary Islands.

25 April 2007

MADRID – Spain was negotiating with Senegal to return 89 would-be illegal immigrants who were rescued in the sea off the Canary Islands.

The immigrants were rescued from a flimsy kayak in which they were travelling.

Two have died and another 10 were said to have disappeared, presumed dead.

Mauritania has refused to take the migrants.

But Spanish authorities believe most of the migrants come from Senegal and has urged the west African nation to accept them.

They were first picked up by a Spanish fishing boat, Segundo San Rafael, then transferred to the hospital ship, the Esperanza del Mar (Hope of the Sea) on Monday.

It comes as Spain is still disputing with Mauritania the return of migrants who were found on a ship back in March and were to be returned to the African nation.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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