319 irregular migrants have arrived at Canary Island shores this week

2020/09/17 10:20:38 Written by Canarian Weekly Gran Canaria

Maritime Rescue intercepted a boat yesterday with 44 irregular migrants on board, 19 of which are minors, in waters south of Gran Canaria. The migrants, all of them men of sub-Saharan origin, have been transferred to the Arguineguín dock after being retrieved 10 miles south of the island as reported by Emergency Services.

Once on land, they underwent an initial health assessment, and all of them were in an apparent good state of health. During the afternoon, another boat with 35 people on board was rescued further out to sea, also in waters south of the island of Gran Canaria, according to the Red Cross.

This boat was located and transported by Maritime Rescue to the same place, where it arrived at around 4:00pm.

Previously, another irregular boat with only two occupants reached Tasarte Beach in the municipality of La Aldea de San Nicolás by its own means. So far this week 17 boats and cayucos have arrived in the Canary Islands, bringing 319 migrants.