One dead among 56 migrants rescued off the Malaga coast

Some of the migrants as they arrived in Malaga port.
Some of the migrants as they arrived in Malaga port. / F. SILVA
  • An inflatable boat reached La Torrecilla beach in Nerja and its seven occupants, of North African descent, were arrested on arrival

The influx of migrants continued on the Malaga coast with the arrival of two vessels on Wednesday, bringing a total of 63 people.

One of these boats was carrying 56 sub-Saharan Africans. The occupants, one of whom had died, had to be rescued and taken to Malaga port after their boat sank.

According to Europa Press, a spokesperson from the Maritime Safety and Rescue Society (Sasemar) said that it was at 12.10pm that rescue plane Cóndor III issued a warning that it had located a migrant vessel in waters close to the Morocco boundary that was in a bad state, with some of the occupants in the water.

The Helimer 207 helicopter, along with the plane, dropped a number of life rafts into the water and helped to rescue the victims.

One person had to be flown to Almeria airport for treatment at 2pm.

A fishing boat assisted in the rescue of some of the occupants, also recovering the body of the man who had died.

La Torrecilla beach

The second boat to arrive on Wednesday saw seven North Africans reach La Torrecilla beach in Nerja, the second boat to do so in the space of a week, following the arrival of 12 people last Thursday.

The occupants were arrested by Local Police on arrival after it was tracked by Maritime Rescue.