Patera with newborn baby on board rescued off Fuerteventura
Maritime Rescue has intercepted an inflatable boat to the southeast of Fuerteventura, with 35 people on board, including a baby born just a few hours before, during the crossing.
The Patera was spotted ten nautical miles (18 kilometers) from Fuerteventura by the Sásermar Salaxa 103 plane, which throughout the afternoon was scanning waters south of the Canary Islands in search of the boat after a tip off that it was on it's way from the Aaiún, in Africa.
Maritime Rescue picked up 29 men, five women and the newborn, although it has not been confirmed yet if this is the same boat that they were warned about, even though the details do match.
In the last two days, two vessels have arrived with immigrants to the Canary Islands: a Cayuco on Sunday with 49 people of sub-Saharan origin and another on Monday with three occupants of Maghrebí origin.
This is the second time in 2020 that a baby has been born aboard a patera on the way to the Canary Islands. On January 8th, another child was born, and unfortunately died, with 45 people on board before reaching Lanzarote.