Three hundred and seventy-four migrants were rescued overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday from seven boats that were in the vicinity of the islands of Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and El Hierro, according to news agency EFE.
According to the Spanish Maritime Rescue, cited by EFE, the first two rescues, late on Tuesday night, were carried out by the ship Salvamar Mízar on the outskirts of the island of Fuerteventura. In the first boat there were 50 Maghrebs (among them a baby) and in the second there were 55 Sub-Saharans (including five children).
On the island of El Hierro, the Salvamar Adhara ship rescued a canoe sighted nearly 125 kilometers off the coast by one of the sailing boats participating in the Atlantic Cruise Regatta (ARC), which sailed from Gran Canaria to the Caribbean on Sunday. 67 people of sub-Saharan origin were traveling on board the canoe, including seven minors.
In Lanzarote, the Guardamar Concepción Arenal ship helped two boats with a total of 114 people: one with 62 sub-Saharan occupants, including eleven minors and a baby, and another with 52 of North African origin, including two minors.
The balance of rescues is completed with the rescue carried out by the ship Guardamar Polimnia, in the south of Gran Canaria, of two boats with 88 migrants of sub-Saharan and Asian origin, including a minor.
All rescued migrants were treated by health professionals at the landing ports (Gran Tarajal, Arrecife, Arguineguín and La Restinga), without the need for hospital care, according to the Spanish emergency service.
In total, 32,713 migrants arrived in Spain by sea between January and October, 24.2% more than in the same period in 2020, according to data from the Spanish Ministry of the Interior.
According to end-September estimates by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 2021 was the deadliest year on the migration route to Spain, with at least 1,025 dead.