Migrants in Almeria, Spain, after being rescued - Credit: EPA/CARLOS BARBA
Migrants in Almeria, Spain, after being rescued - Credit: EPA/CARLOS BARBA

Some 144 people have died since the beginning of 2018 while trying to cross the sea to Spain. Despite increased border and seaway controls, migrants continue to reach the coast of Andalusia.

At the Motril port near Granada, 51 people of sub-Saharan origins landed on Friday after being rescued in the Alboran Sea, 18 miles southeast of the Malaga and Granada coastline.

On Wednesday afternoon, another boat with 38 migrants onboard and a dinghy with 51 people of sub-Saharan origin were intercepted in the Alboran Sea by motorized patrol boats from the Granada Emergency Center. The vessels were far from being seaworthy and had been drifting in the water for a while due to poor weather and visibility conditions.

Migrants rescued at sea arrive at the port of Malaga in Southern Spain - credit: EPA/Carlos Diaz

Meanwhile, helicopters keep looking for 12 migrants that are still missing after the sinking of a boat on Wednesday off the Moroccan coast, 15 miles southeast of Alboran Island, where five bodies have been found thus far and 14 people saved.

At least 144 migrants have died since the beginning of the year in trying to reach the Spanish coast, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

 

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