SPANISH coast guards picked up a total of 342 people from seven boats as they made their way to the country’s southern coast yesterday (Saturday).
A total of 170 of migrants were taken to Almeria City’s port aboard the coast guard boat Guardamar Caliope where they arrived at around 8.50pm. The remaining 106 were transferred to the port of Motril, Salvamento Maritimo sources said.
Coast guards said the first of the migrant boats carried 62 people in total, 56 men and six women. The second carried 58 migrants, including 10 women, while the third had 48 men and five women on board.
A fourth boat carried 35 men, five women and six children while a fifth had a total of 57 people on board. The passengers of the four boats were picked up by the Guardamar Caliope in the Alboran Sea.
A further two boats containing a total of 66 migrants, including ten women, who were picked up by the Salvamar Spica.
All the migrants were in good health according to coast guard sources. The Salvamento Maritimo remained on alert last night after receiving reports more boats were attempting to sail for Spain.