Over 140 migrants saved from boats on way to Canary Islands

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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 28, 2021 file photo, a wooden boat is towed by a Spanish Maritime Rescue Service ship as they arrive at the port of Los Cristianos in the south of Tenerife, in the Canary Island, Spain. At least 29 Africans, including seven girls, died last week while trying to reach Spain’s Canary Islands by boat, a United Nations agency and Spanish non-profit assisting migrants in peril said Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. Spanish maritime rescue services on Friday rescued 27 migrants and recovered 4 bodies in the boat spotted by a fishing vessel south of the archipelago off northwest Africa. (AP Photo/Andres Gutierrez, File)
A wooden boat is towed by a Spanish Maritime Rescue Service ship as they arrive at the port of Los Cristianos in the south of Tenerife, in Canary Island, Spain. /AP

More than 140 migrants were saved by Spanish rescuers on the seaborne route from Africa to the Canary Islands, Spanish authorities said Wednesday.

Emergency services for the Canary Islands said rescuers saved 90 migrants from two boats intercepted near the island of Gran Canaria.

Another 55 migrants were attended by emergency services after being pulled from a boat in waters near the island of Fuerteventura.

Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura belong to Spain’s Canary Islands archipelago in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, which at its nearest point is only 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Morocco.

Spain’s Interior Ministry reported 13,118 arrivals of migrants to the islands this year up to September 30, over double the arrivals during the same period last year.

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