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Spain rescues over 600 migrants in the busiest day

[ Click:86 ]    [ by Ivy, CHINASTARS  Nov 16, 2017 ]

  Spain's coastguard in safety vest says it has rescued 600 migrants crossing from Morocco in a 24-hour period amid a spike of the busiest day. The rescued migrants (included children and baby) were in vessels including toy paddleboats and a jet ski. More than 120 people are believed to have drowned attempting the crossing in that day.

  The UN says more than 9,000 people have arrived in Spain so far this year - three times as many as the previous year. The increase in crossings means Spain could overtake Greece this year in the number of migrants arriving by sea. Most are sailing across the 12km (seven-mile) Strait of Gibraltar and many are choosing cheap, child-sized paddleboats without motors that allow them to bypass people smuggling networks and their fees. However, the safety equipments is only a safety reflective vest, it is also dangerous on the small boats.

  Some migrants are using social media to contact the Spanish authorities and inform them of their location once they are in territorial waters. Some are using the floatation jacket with reflective material when they are underwater to attract the relative person’s help. If they are not prepared well, they may lose their life in this process.