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Latest sea rescue mission sees number of migrants triple from last year

The rescued migrants arriving at Malaga's port.
The rescued migrants arriving at Malaga's port. / F. Silva
  • The Guardia Civil and the maritime search and rescue service rescued 93 people on Thursday, bringing the number of migrants that have arrived in Malaga this year to 762 people

The maritime search and rescue service in Malaga, aided by the Guardia Civil, rescued 93 migrants on two separate boats at sea on Thursday and brought them to safety at Malaga's port.

The operation raised the number of migrants that have come to Malaga this year to 762, which is already three times the number that arrived by boat last year.

Two pregnant women were among the 12 women and 81 men on the boats, according to the Red Cross, and they were the first to be given medical attention.

Two men, although reportedly in good health, were taken to a health centre for a knee injury and eye problems respectively.

Yesterday was just the second time in history that all four Red Cross services in Andalucía were called into action, with a further 213 migrants using the Alboran Sea, the Cabo de Gata and the Strait of Gibraltar to come to the region.

With lawyers in the area now expected to advise the migrants on their legal rights, Malaga's Colegio de Abogados, the official assocation of local lawyers, has donated more than 400 pieces of clothing to the Red Cross for the migrants, including trousers, shirts, jumpers, coats and jackets.