Seven boats take 609 migrants to the Canary Islands

Maritime Rescue has rescued seven boats with 609 occupants this Sunday that have reached the islands of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, El Hierro and Tenerife while a final rescue of a boat in the vicinity remains open. from Fuerteventura.

The latest operation took place in the port of Los Cristianos, in Tenerife, where the 71 occupants of a canoe located seven miles from the island arrived.

Among the occupants of this boat are 12 women, nine minors and two babies.

Also tonight, a Maritime Rescue plane has located an inflatable with about 60 people about 30 miles east of Fuerteventura, the area to which the Guardamar Caliope has moved.

But the rescues began at dawn when a canoe with 56 people arrived at the port of La Restinga, a facility to which two other boats with 111 and 205 people respectively were also escorted during the morning.

This morning, the Salvamar Polimnia rescued 42 adult males of Maghreb origin who claim to have left Dakhla, whom it disembarked at the dock of Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote.

In Fuerteventura, the Izar disembarked in Gran Tarajal another 69 people of sub-Saharan origin (57 men and 12 women) whose barge left Cabo Bojador and was sighted on its route to the Canary Islands by a merchant ship.

Also on this island there was another rescue of 52 people, including a woman and a minor.

Clavijo asks what the Government is waiting for to help

The president of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, has asked what the Government of Spain is waiting for to attend to the islands in this migration crisis and has requested that there be a single Ministry that coordinates this situation “and not six.”

Clavijo has traveled to the island of El Hierro to convey “support and encouragement” to the emergency services that assist the migrants upon their arrival at the port of La Restinga, where three canoes have arrived so far, two of them when he was in these facilities.

By Nadeem Faisal Baiga