Spanish Rescuers Search For 12 Missing Migrants
Faizan Hashmi 2 months ago Mon 18th October 2021 | 02:00 AM
Madrid, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Oct, 2021 ) :Rescue workers searched the seas of southern Spain on Sunday for 12 migrants who went missing after their boat overturned during an attempted crossing to the country from Algeria, Spain's coastguard said.
A rescue operation was launched after a Norwegian sailboat reported picking up an Algerian man in the sea around seven nautical miles off the southwestern province of Almeria, a coastguard spokeswoman said.
The two migrants told rescuers that they had departed for Spain with 12 others from a beach near Oran in northwestern Algeria last week but during the early hours of Sunday the boat's motor broke down and the vessel overturned.
The tragedy comes after another boat carrying migrants sank on Thursday west of Spain's Cape Trafalgar.
The coastguard has recovered the bodies of nine others who were onboard but another 16 are still missing.
The 44 migrants received medical attention and were then taken to the nearby port of Arguineguin to be processed, a coastguard spokeswoman said.
The coastguard also rescued 18 vessels off the Balearic Isles in the Mediterranean on Sunday, pulling 230 people -- including several women -- to safety, the government delegation in the archipelago said.
More than 27,000 migrants arrived by sea in continental Spain and the Balearic and Canary Islands between January and the end of September, a 54 percent increase over the same period in 2020, according interior ministry figures.