A SPANISH Navy patrol boat rescued migrants travelling across the Alboran Sea in two small boats, on January 25.
A Guardarmar-class rescue ship responded to distress calls for two ´pateras´ travelling across the Mediterranean in the direction of Spain. One boat carrying 52 people, including 16 women and several children, had almost made it to the Costa Tropical and was located some 36 nautical miles south of Motril.
The second vessel was just 12 nautical miles from the Moroccan coast and earthquake city Al Hoceima. It was carrying 11 male adults described as being from the Greater Maghreb region of Africa.
Of the 63 people saved from enduring the perilous crossing, two pregnant women were taken to Santa Ana Hospital in Motril, with a third migrant being admitted for injuries to their leg. All others involved are said to be in ´a healthy condition.´
The migrants will be held at the National Police station in Motril Port, pending their transferal to an immigration center or return to their home countries.