Rescue underway in Costa Blanca's Benidorm after sighting of boat believed to be carrying migrants – first in the region since Spain's State of Alarm declared

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A RESCUE is underway in Benidorm after a five-metre boat, believed to be carrying a dozen migrants, was sighted off the coast of the resort this morning.

The Local Police of Benidorm, Maritime Rescue and Red Cross are involved in the operation to locate and assist the occupants of the vessel, according to reports.
This is the first time a boat, potentially carrying migrants, has been intercepted in the Valencian Community since the State of Alarm was declared.
Emergency services told Efe that “at this time a boat of Maritime Rescue is going to the point where it has been located between Serra Gelada and the Benidorm coast to make a rescue, that has not yet occurred.”
Once the boat is located, it will be decided which port it will be towed to, although the Red Cross has already activated support procedures in the Marina Baixa area to assist.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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