Since the beginning of the summer, the Spanish authorities have witnessed an exceptional arrival of migrants from Morocco. In more than six months, the International Migration Office (IOM) has registered 9,000 people landed on the beaches. In Tarifa, in the south of Spain, two migrants’ boats ran aground in one day on the beaches on Thursday 24 August.
The Coast Guard of Tarifa saved 48 migrants this Thursday. They were spread over three different boats and they arrived in two stages.
Around noon, the first group of 14 people disembarked, all men, adults, from Côte d’Ivoire and Gambia. They were chilled by the cold, despite the large towels provided by the Coast Guard. Two of them seemed to have broken their legs during the ride and had difficulty walking.
This first group left Tangier around 1 am. They remained 8 hours drifting before being saved by the coast guards. They were aboard a zodiac and a small inflatable boat purchased on a beach in Morocco.
An hour and a half later, another coast guard boat deposited 34 sub-Saharan migrants, including 10 women and a few minors. These had all massed on the same boat. And in spite of exhaustion, they seemed less weakened than those who had preceded them.
All were treated and fed by the Red Cross of Tarifa. The injured were then transferred to the hospital. As for the others, at least the adults, they were transferred by the national police directly to the Algeciras internment center.