Air Force plane spots migrants packed into small boat

Salvamar Mizar CREDIT: astillerosarmon

A SPANISH Air Force plane spotted a small boat carrying 54 illegal immigrants approximately 65 kilometres from Fuerteventura.

The Search and Rescue plane from the Air Force spotted the pneumatic boat and alerted the coastguard. It was going very slowly at the time which allowed the pilots to see how little space was left on board, with some of the occupants hanging their legs over the side of the boat.

The occupants were rescued by the Salvamar Mizar boat which took them to the Gran Tarajal Port, in very dangerous conditions at sea.

The boat is thought to be the same one spotted by the NGO Caminando Frontera which alerted of its departure from El Aaiun in the the Western Sahara heading for the Canary Islands.


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Jennifer Leighfield

Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.

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