Rescued 23 migrants spotted by a merchant in the south of Gran Canaria

Rescued 23 migrants spotted by a merchant in the south of Gran Canaria

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Oct 10 (EFE) .- The Maritime Rescue vessel has rescued 23 Maghreb from a dinghy that is in waters near the south of Gran Canaria and that has been sighted by a merchant, as reported to Efe sources of the aforementioned department.

With the rescue of these 23 people, who are being transferred to Gran Canaria, the number of immigrants arriving in the Canary Islands in the last 36 hours rises to 1,038, according to Red Cross sources, an unprecedented figure since the crisis for a single day since the the 2006 cayuco crisis.

The Las Palmas Maritime Rescue Center received the call from the merchant ship “Nueva Florida” at around 10 am, for which it activated the Guardamar Talia, which this morning transferred 18 other Maghrebi to the Arguineguín dock that it rescued from another boat.

Salvage sources have indicated that the merchant has been ordered to remain with the boat until the arrival of Guardamar Talia, who will transfer them to the Arguineguín dock, where 375 immigrants remain, according to the Red Cross.

Salvamento has also reported that a notice has been received about a possible boat with immigrants heading to the Canary Islands, so a plane from the department will depart in search of it.

(c) EFE Agency


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