MORE than 200 migrants arrived at Costa Blanca ports and beaches in just 24 hours this week.
This was the biggest influx ever seen in such a short time, according to the Red Cross.
Most landed at Alicante, Torrevieja and Guardamar with more arriving further north at Benidorm, Teulada-Moraira and Benitatchell.
Red Cross, Guardia Civil, Maritime Rescue and Police were mobilised to deal with the latest influx and worked round the clock with little rest to help rescue and process the mainly Algerian arrivals.
In total 219 people arrived in 48 hours from Sunday evening. Ninety two people were rescued from waters off Cartagena on Sunday and taken to Alicante port. The rest have arrived in smaller numbers of between six and 14 in small boats.
Amongst the migrants were 20 children, who have been taken to special centres to be looked after.
The head of Maritime Rescue Red Cross in Alicante, Patricia Compañ, explained that this is the first time they have attended to so many people in such a short period of time and indicated that many of the rescued were suffering from hypothermia.
She added that they use “unstable boats, and being overcrowded the passengers are susceptible to suffer blows and dizziness in the crossing.”
Emergency services also recovered the decomposing body of a migrant off the coast of Cartagena.