Hundreds of migrants bound for Spain rescued in Mediterranean this weekend

A TOTAL of 536 people attempting to reach Spain by boat have been picked up by coast guards this weekend.

Salvamento Maritimo officers picked up 293 migrants from nine vessels on Saturday following plane and boat searches. A further 243 from eight boats have been picked up in the Strait of Gibraltar today (Sunday).

The maritime rescue service said on Twitter three of the eight boats migrants were travelling in sank after their passengers were rescued.

People travelling in the vessels were believed to be mostly from north and sub Saharan Africa. Around 4,409 migrants have attempted the journey to Spain up to early May this year, according to data from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

A total of 224 of died while making the crossing.

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