Sunbathers join rescue as migrant boat washes up on Canary Islands beach

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AGUILA Beach, Spain (Reuters) – Sunbathers in the Canary Islands joined forces with crisis workers to give drinking water, foods and clothes to migrants who arrived unexpectedly on a seaside in the Spanish archipelago on Friday.

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Some two dozen migrants, amongst them three infants and a person pregnant female, landed in a rickety boat on the rocky shores of the Aguila beach, Gran Canaria.

Fatigued, cold and some seemingly in a state of shock after weathering the Atlantic, they have been specified thermal blankets, meals and h2o by rescue workers.

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Purple Cross officers stated the migrants, who were from northern and sub-Saharan Africa, advised them of six times spent navigating at moments tough waters.

“It was a truly difficult journey,” Jose Antonio Rodriguez of the Crimson Cross stated. One of the toddlers on the boat was taken to medical center with a fever.

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Sunseekers, who ranged from tourists visiting the island to locals, sprang into motion right after the boat arrived, he mentioned.

“They ended up the to start with types to assistance out, supplying them meals, h2o and milk for the infants following they noticed how hungry they were being,” he said. “They also gave outfits as the migrants were being soaking moist.”

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One girl cradled a weary migrant in her lap as a different swimsuit-clad female gave her h2o. An additional made use of his beach towel to continue to keep her feet heat.

Some 27,594 migrants had arrived in Spain this calendar year by mid-November, in accordance to details from the Interior Ministry, a decrease of much more than 50% from the similar interval past yr.

The common vacationer desired destination of the Canary Islands, having said that, has observed an improve of 22% in arrivals, with one,493 migrants arriving so significantly this calendar year by mid-November.

Reporting by Borja Suarez, Producing by Ashifa Kassam Editing by Alison Williams

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