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Canary Islands: More than 400 migrants rescued in Atlantic

By The Associated Press
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ARGUINEGUIN, Spain (AP) — Spanish rescuers have saved and disembarked more than 400 migrants and asylum-seekers to the Canary Islands in the past two days as they attempted to reach the Atlantic Ocean archipelago from West Africa on several overcrowded, unsafe smuggling boats.

On Tuesday alone, Spain's Maritime Rescue Service said it rescued more than 130 people from North and West Africa, including several women and small children, bringing them to safety on the Spanish islands of Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura.

Also Tuesday, Alarm Phone, a humanitarian network for migrants in distress reported that 20 migrants had been picked up in the ocean by the Moroccan Royal Navy on Monday after being spotted by a cargo ship. That was confirmed by Spain's Maritime Rescue Service.

In a separate case Tuesday, Spain's Maritime Rescue Service said it had been told by Moroccan authorities that at least one person had died and another had gone missing from a migrant boat in distress. According to Spain's Maritime Rescue Service, Moroccan authorities reported that 24 migrants had managed to swim back to Moroccan shores.

The Atlantic route from West Africa to the Canary Islands has been increasingly used by smugglers who launch boats from Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal and even the Gambia. So far this year more than 18,000 people have reached the Canary Islands this way.

The Atlantic route is also one of the deadliest to Europe. The UN's migration agency reported around 900 migrant deaths and disappearances this year although it admits the true death toll is likely much higher.

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