Three boats intercepted in Spanish waters

A dinghy carrying six North African adult males was one of three boats intercepted on Wednesday by Marine Rescue and Guardia Civil officers.

The six men were intercepted southwest of Cabo de Gata after being spotted by the passenger ship ‘Costa Concordia’. All were said to be in good health.

Meanwhile, two boats arrived in the Canary Islands, one in Lanzarote and one in Fuerteventura.

The first boat, towed to port by the Guardia Civil, had 5 passengers on board, half of them children.

The second boat had 23 people on board and was escorted to Fuerteventura. This is the first group of undocumented immigrants known to have made the 120 kilometre crossing from the former Spanish colony of Western Sahara to the Canary Islands.

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