Immigrant boat stopped at sea

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21 July 2004, GRANADA - A Spanish maritime rescue patrol on Wednesday intercepted a makeshift vessel carrying 52 would-be immigrants off the southern coastal town of Motril, police said.

21 July 2004

GRANADA - A Spanish maritime rescue patrol on Wednesday intercepted a makeshift vessel carrying 52 would-be immigrants off the southern coastal town of Motril, police said.

The boat was barely three kilometres (two miles) from the shore when it was intercepted in the early hours.

Police said five of those on board, who included one woman, required treatment for slight hypothermia.

The group were taken to a Red Cross office in the area to receive food and clothing before being sent home.

It was not immediately clear whether those on board the third boat to be intercepted in less than three days in the area were from sub-Saharan or north Africa.

Thousands of would-be immigrants try every year to reach Spain either via the Canary Islands or by crossing the Strait of Gibraltar for the European mainland, barely 20 kilometres from the Moroccan north coast.

Dozens drown in the process.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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