SPANISH COAST GUARD RESCUES 53 MIGRANTS OFF CANARY ISLANDS

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SPANISH COAST GUARD RESCUES 53 MIGRANTS OFF CANARY ISLANDS 50 of the migrants were men and three women

Spanish coast guard rescued on Monday, March 20th 53 migrants off the island of Gran Canaria and brought them to the port of Arguineguin.

The migrants were located 4 miles south of Gran Canaria at 2100GMT and officials said 50 of the migrants were men and three women.

Coast guards were seen carrying on stretchers two injured migrants who were taken to hospital, officials said.

The number of migrants arriving in Spain by boat up to March this year has risen more than four-fold to 13,485, compared to the same period a year ago, interior ministry data released in February showed.

Rights group Walking Borders said 6,618 people lost their lives during risky sea voyages trying to reach Spain in 2023.

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