SIXTY people, including twelve women and at least three minors, were saved on Christmas Day by Maritime Rescue after spending the night on the island of Alboran.
The immigrants arrived aboard the Salvamar Hamal boat and after disembarking at the port of Motril were attended to by volunteers from the Red Cross. They were all found to be in good physical condition and have not required special attention and so have been placed at the disposal of the National Police in the reception centre in the port.
These 60 were only part of 200 who were rescued on Christmas Day in a number of separate operations off the coast of Spain and Morocco.
Sources from Spain’s coastguard reported that others were picked up around the Zaffarin islands off Morocco and several dinghies were found off the southeastern coast of Spain, off Gibraltar and near the Canary Islands.