A group of migrants rescued by Spanish maritime authorities stand on a rescue vesel as they arrive at Malaga port, Spain, Feb. 11 | Photo: Picture-alliance
A group of migrants rescued by Spanish maritime authorities stand on a rescue vesel as they arrive at Malaga port, Spain, Feb. 11 | Photo: Picture-alliance

The Spanish maritime rescue service on Tuesday resumed the search for a boat with 67 migrants missing in the strait between Morocco and Spain. On Monday, 119 migrants rescued from two rubber boats in the Alboran Sea were safely disembarked in Malaga.

A boat with 67 migrants trying to reach European shores has been missing since Monday. The search was resumed Tuesday morning with a rescue vessel and a plane, a spokeswoman for the Spanish rescue service Salvamento Marítimo told the news agency AP.

An unnamed rescue charity informed Spanish authorities Monday about the boat’s departure from Morocco. There are 49 men, 13 women and 5 children on the boat, according to rescue service’s information. 

Also on Monday, the Spanish rescue service rescued 119 migrants traveling in two rubber boats in the Alboran Sea. The migrants, who were all of African origin and included 26 women and 5 children, were disembarked in Malaga in southern Spain. AP reports that they were all in good health.

The German news agency dpa reports that the missing boat reportedly left along with the other two which were later found.

Rescue in central Mediterranean

Meanwhile the Spanish NGO vessel Aita Mari picked up 60 migrants in waters in the central Mediterranean on Monday. The ship is now carrying over 150 migrants. 93 people, including 13 children and 16 women, were rescued in a first operation on Sunday.

On Tuesday morning, the Aita Mari was located in waters south of the Italian island Lampedusa. The crew has not yet been assigned a port for disembarkation.

Missing boat off Libya

Another boat with 91 migrants remains missing off the Libyan coast. The emergency hotline Alarm Phone received a distress call on Sunday and referred the emergency to Libyan authorities, who failed to respond to efforts to contact them for "several hours," according to Alarm Phone. 

In a more recent tweet on Monday evening, Alarm Phone cites a journalist working for the Italian network Rainews24 as saying: "According to a local statement, the Libyan Coast Guard patrols say 91 people have drowned in a boat east of Tripoli, Qarbouli area." This information is unconfirmed, however.

With AP, dpa

 

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