A MASS wave of illegal migrants reached Balearic Islands waters on Monday night.
The Government Delegation in the archipelago reported that 193 immigrants in 13 small boats have been intercepted off the coasts of Mallorca and Formentera in the last 24 hours.
At midnight a French naval ship rescued four boats with 55 people on board 60 miles south of Cap de ses Salines in Mallorca.
Maritime Rescue boats based in Puerto Portals and in Ibiza went to pick them up and take them to Palma port, where the Red Cross and Exterior Health checked their state of health with the supervision of the Guardia Civil and the National Police.
A second French ship went to the rescue of three small boats in the same zone which were carrying 40 people.
Over in Formentera at around the same time the Guardia Civil intercepted nine Algerian men who were spotted reaching land on a small boat in the Es Migjorn beach area.
A few hours later Guardia Civil detected another small boat in the Cala Llombards zone of Santanyi with five migrants on board.
Officers intercepted another nine migrants in Colonia de Sant Jordi in ses Salines, then four more in Campos and six in Santanyi, all believed to have arrived on the same boat.
Guardia Civil searches by helicopter and by land located a further 36 people.
The authorities came across another two boats carrying migrants on Tuesday morning.
One was in the Mola area of Formentera. A Maritime Rescue helicopter spotted the second 60 miles to the south of Cabrera.
Government Sub-delegate in the Balearics Aina Calvo described the number of migrant arrivals over the last day a “historic figure.”
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