Hundreds of Migrants Rescued Off Coast of Spain

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Hundreds of migrants found off the coast of Spain were brought to safety by search and rescue crew on November 17 and 18.

According to The Local, around 600 migrants from Africa were rescued by Salvamento Maritimo, Spain’s maritime safety organization, as well as the Civil Guard and the Spanish Navy, within 24 hours. Most arrived in the southeastern region of Murcia, where 41 makeshift boats were discovered. Rescue operations were also conducted in the Alboran Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar.

Over 13,000 migrants have been rescued near the Spanish coast this year, with the number of boats sailing to the country increasing by more than five times since 2012. Credit: Salvamento Marítimo via Storyful