Migrant boat rescued with 85 survivors

14th January 2008, Comments 0 comments

Sea rescuers on Saturday rescued 85 African immigrants 90 miles from the coast of the Canary island of Gran Canaria.

14 January 2008

MADRID - Sea rescuers on Saturday rescued 85 African immigrants 90 miles from the coast of the Canary island of Gran Canaria after their boat had been spotted by a merchant ship. There was a small child aboard, as well as three dead bodies, they said.

"We'd been told that they were very weak, but we did not expect the three bodies," said Juan Antonio Corujo, a spokesperson for the Red Cross in the Canaries. "When this kind of thing happens, the impact on the rescuers is tremendous." Two of the migrants were hospitalised for hypothermia, dehydration and respiratory problems in Tenerife, although their condition is stable, health authorities said. A two-year-old girl was reported to be in good health.

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Subject: Spanish news

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