Monday, October 25, 2021

14 people rescued, 3 missing from Spain’s Mallorca waters

An ambulance enters the port of Palma de Mallorca as Spanish rescuers haul 14 people to safety at sea off Cabrera Island on the island of Mallorca on October 4, 2021. (Jamie Rein/AFP via Getty Images)

MADRID – Spain’s rescue service and the crew of a ferry rescued 14 people on Monday off the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, while three others were missing, the government said, originally killing two.

The rescued people appeared to be African migrants and were traveling on a rare boat, said a spokesman for the Spanish government’s delegation to the island, who said no bodies had been recovered.

The rescued told officials that there were 17 people on the boat, prompting a search for three others.

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Migrants from North Africa often attempt dangerous crossings using canoe boats in search of a better life in Europe.

Sea migration to Spain has increased this year, with more than 27,000 people crossing by the end of September, up more than 50 percent from the same period last year.

There has been a huge increase in traffic along the Atlantic route to the Canary Islands, but arrivals in the Balearic Islands have also increased by about 20 percent.

by Nathan Allen and Joan Fause

Reuters

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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