Nearly 90 migrants, including several minors, were rescued in the last 24 hours while trying to reach the Spanish coasts on various boats, local authorities said today, also indicating that 35 other migrants are reported missing.
Spanish Maritime Rescue Authorities reported today that they are still looking for a boat, presumably with 35 people on board, that set sail Wednesday afternoon off the northern coast of Western Sahara.
Searches are taking place in the Canary Islands and are involving at least one airway, which attempts to spot and contact the vessel for rescue services to be activated.
The Spanish authorities have also warned ships sailing in that area.
The Canary Archipelago is the only area in Spain that has experienced an increase in arrivals of irregular migrants this year.
As of December 15, 2,162 irregular arrivals were recorded, an increase of 70.8% compared with 2018.
Overall, arrivals of irregular migrants in Spain have fallen by 50.5% this year, with 30,781 arrivals.
Last year Spain, which was in 2018 the main seaport to Europe, registered 62,126 irregular arrivals.
At the same time as the search continues in the Canary Islands, the Spanish authorities have reported that other vessels, with migrants on board, have been intercepted and rescued in recent hours in other areas of Spain.
This is the case of the Alicante area where at least 46 migrants, who were aboard various vessels, have been intercepted and rescued since Wednesday night, the local Red Cross reported.
Among the many migrants rescued in the Alicante area are several minors, including a two-year-old girl.
Three other 21-person vessels on board also arrived in recent hours on the shores of the Balearic Islands archipelago (two Mallorca and one Formentera), local authorities said in a statement.
Even today at dawn, the Ceuta Civil Guard intercepted two other vessels with 18 Moroccan migrants on board.
Some of these migrants from Morocco wanted to reach the coast of Cadiz, a port city in southwest Spain, according to the Spanish agency EFE.
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