|Published : 15 Apr 2017, 19:03:36|
Spain rescues 125 migrants crossing sea at night
Spain's maritime rescue said Saturday it has rescued 125 migrants trying to make nighttime crossings from Africa in three smuggling boats, reports AP.
All three of the small boats were located before daybreak on Saturday.
The first boat, carrying 41 men and 11 women of sub-Saharan origin, was located by rescue teams shortly after midnight in the Alboran Sea east of the Strait of Gibraltar. The Red Cross said all were in good health.
A second group of 62 North African males, including 11 minors, was packed into a wooden boat when rescued just west of the Strait in the Atlantic Ocean.
Eleven more migrants of unknown origin were pulled from a small vessel in the Mediterranean Sea after a NATO aircraft alerted the maritime rescue service.
Tens of thousands of migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan African countries, try to reach the shores of Spain and Italy by boat each year.
Between Thursday and Friday, 73 migrants were rescued from five boats by Spanish ships.
On Wednesday, a 10-year-old girl and two adults died when their boat capsized while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Spain.
An official of Spain's rescue service confirmed the details of Saturday's operations speaking anonymously in line with institution policy.