SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, 14 May. (EUROPE PRESS) –
Last morning, Salvamento Marítimo rescued a pneumatic boat in which 55 migrants were travelling, most of them men, heading for the Canary Islands, sources from the public body have informed Europa Press.
Late yesterday, the Maritime Rescue Control Center in Las Palmas received notice of a possible boat that would have left from Tarfaya. The Center contacted the ships that were in the area and asked them to be alert and report in case of sighting of any boat or canoe.
The ship ‘Nouadhibou’ was diverted to several specific positions and in the last one it reported that it had sighted a pneumatic boat and reported its course and position. The ‘Polymnia’ tide guard headed there, while the ship was asked to escort the pneumatic until her arrival.
Around 03:00 hours, the rescue of the 55 people who were on board (45 men and 10 women), all sub-Saharan, was completed. After verifying a second echo, which turned out to be a false alarm, the tide guard went with all those rescued on board to the dock at La Cebolla, in Arrecife, where she finished her landing around 05:30.
Once on land, the rescued migrants were assisted by health personnel from the Canary Islands Emergency Service (SUC) and the Red Cross, carrying out a transfer to a health center for different pathologies.