57 mi­grants saved at sea, Spain says

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

MADRID — Spain’s mar­itime res­cue ser­vice said it saved 57 mi­grants from two boats try­ing to cross the Mediter­ranean Sea from Morocco.

The res­cue ser­vice said it reached a small boat car­ry­ing four Moroc­can men in the Strait of Gi­bral­tar af­ter the craft was spot­ted by Spain’s Civil Guard. The four were in ap­par­ent good health and the res­cue ship took them ashore.

A mar­itime res­cue ship in­ter­cepted a sec­ond boat with 53 mi­grants of un­known ori­gin near the is­land of Alb­o­ran, where the mar­itime res­cue ser­vice has an out­post. The mi­grants were ex­pected to reach land later Satur­day.

Thou­sands of mi­grants from Africa at­tempt the per­ilous cross­ing to Europe in small boats that are un­fit for the open sea.

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