Spanish rescuers pull 208 migrants from boats in sea and ocean

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By AP  •  Updated: 04/09/2021 - 16:51

 A woody  vessel  utilized  by migrants from Morocco is seen grounded connected  the formation  astatine  the southeastern seashore  of the land  of Gran Canaria, Spain, connected  Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.

FILE: A woody vessel utilized by migrants from Morocco is seen grounded connected the formation astatine the southeastern seashore of the land of Gran Canaria, Spain, connected Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.   -   Copyright  Javier Bauluz/AP

Spanish rescuers pulled 208 migrants from tiny boats that were headed Saturday to either the Iberian Peninsula’s confederate seashore oregon Spain’s Canary Islands.

Vessels operated by Spain's maritime rescue work intercepted the boats successful the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, adding to the country's emergence successful arrivals of radical who risked a perilous seaborne travel to scope Europe.

A full of 106 migrants, including 44 women and 20 minors, were recovered successful boats heading for the Canary Islands of Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, the rescue work said.

Another 4 boats carried 102 migrants who were crossing the Mediterranean to mainland Spain. All but 1 of the radical successful the boats were male.

Spain has seen a 49% emergence successful unauthorised migration this twelvemonth compared to January-August of 2020, according to the Interior Ministry. A full of 20,491 radical person arrived connected Spanish soil, mostly by sea.

The International Organisation for Migration reports that astir 500 migrants person died oregon gone missing portion trying to scope Spain this year. Aid groups that show migration flows accidental the existent fig apt is overmuch higher due to the fact that immoderate shipwrecks and drownings are ne'er reported.

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