A total of 237 migrants were rescued yesterday Saturday as they sailed to the Canary Islands aboard five boats from the African continent. The majority of those rescued are reportedly of North African descent and included women and children. Rescue at sea and the Emergency and Security Coordination Center (Cecoes) 1-1-2.
On Saturday afternoon, a call was received from a boat via the Aria-Lanzarote relay without specifying a specific location. Maritime Rescue Coordination Center palms He mobilized Helicopter 205, the Polymnia fence, and alerted all ships passing in the area.
One of them named “King Arthur” reported around 9 p.m. that he had seen a small boat sailing a mile from his position. Helicopter 205 located the boat, updated position to the Polymnia fence and combed the area in case there might be another, and found a second one.
At around 10:00 pm, a maritime rescue vessel rescued 24 miles from the coast up to 48 people in the first boat, all men from North Africa, and then moved to the position of the second. Around 23:00, 49 people on board were rescued 19 miles offshore: 39 men, 4 women and 8 children, all North Africans.
Already in the first minutes of this Sunday, the guardamar “Polymnia” began to land at the Arrecife dock, in Lanzarotewhere they were assisted by medical workers from the Canary Islands Emergency Service (SUC) and volunteers from the Red Cross.
Another boat with 35 people
Around 8:00 pm on Friday, the Rescue Coordination Center in Las Palmas received a notification from the Guardia Civil about a suspicious echo, possibly from a boat, about 11 miles south of Gran Canaria.
Helimer 205, which was in the area on a planned exercise, spotted the boat, so the Coordination Center mobilized Salvamar “Macondo”, which headed to the area.
Intercepting the boat around 9:20 p.m., he proceeded to rescue the 35 people on board, all North Africans, including five children, and ferried them to Arguineguin Dock in the municipality of Mogan.
Once on land, the rescued migrants were assisted by medical personnel from the Canary Islands Emergency Service (SUC) and Red Cross volunteers. All were in good health.
Over 100 rescued
one more of boats who was rescued yesterday, Saturday, had been searched non-stop by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Las Palmas since Friday evening, until yesterday morning he was finally found 60 miles south of the island of Tenerife.
On Friday, controllers mobilized the Kaliope guards and alerted the ships that were in the area, but the patera could not be located during the night. Around 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, her whereabouts were obtained by phone and around 11:15 a.m. a guard spotted her.
A few minutes later, the rescue team began an approach maneuver and proceeded to rescue the 53 people on board, including women and children, all residents of sub-Saharan Africa. All rescued were taken to the Arginegin dock and transported seven times to the medical center for the treatment of various pathologies.
As for the other vessel, shortly before 9:00 a.m., the Rescue Center in Las Palmas received a notification from the Civil Guard informing about another possible boat about 40 miles from Arrecife. Dispatchers mobilized Salvamar “Al-Nair”, which around 11:40 noticed a boat with a pneumatic drive.
Fifteen minutes later, he proceeded to rescue the 52 people on board: 47 men and 5 women, all of sub-Saharan African descent. Guardamar headed towards the port of Arrecife, where the rescued were provided with medical assistance. As a result, two transfers were made to the sanatorium for various pathologies.
Source: El Independiente