Spanish coastguard rescues 600 migrants from 15 vessels in just one day

Spanish coastguard rescues 600 migrants from 15 vessels in just one day

Some of the migrants pictured resting after being rescued

Thursday, August 17, 2017

In just 24 hours the Spanish coastguard has rescued around 600 migrants from 15 vessels.

The migrants were travelling from Morocco along the Strait of Gibraltar. One of the 15 vessels was a jet ski, according to ITV.

Most of the rescued migrants are from the Sub-Sahara region of Africa and North Africa.

Although Italy is the main target area for migrants coming to Europe, it is thought that Spain will become the second-largest target this year, meaning it would overtake Greece.

The International Organisation for Migration claims that more than 8,300 illegal migrants managed to get to Spain between January and July this year.

But almost 100,000 illegal migrants are said to have travelled from Libya to Italy so far this year.

However thousands of African migrants drown every year whilst travelling in smugglers' boats on their way to Europe.