British luxury cruise ship rescues migrants off Spanish coast

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MIGRANT RESCUE: Luxury P&O cruise ship Britannia

A BRITISH luxury cruise ship with 4,000 passengers on board has rescued 10 African migrants off the coast of Spain near Almeria.

The crew of the the P&O Cruises flagship Britannia spotted an inflatable dinghy carrying the migrants at 1am in the morning and immediately performed a U-turn and issued a man overboard announcement to the cruise passengers.

A Spanish coastguard helicopter was sent to pull the migrants out of the water and they were given shelter, food, drink and medical care on board Britannia until a coastguard ship arrived and they were handed over to Spanish authorities. 

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Once on dry land the they were attended to by the Spanish Red Cross.

The MV Britannia, named by HM The Queen in March 2015,  resumed its normal cruise itinerary.

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