Spanish coast guard release video of dramatic migrant rescue

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Spain’s coast guard released video of a rescue operation where two migrants were found treading water off the coast of Almeria, southern Spain, on Saturday (June 16) after their dinghy carrying 47 migrants capsized. The Maritime rescue news release said only 4 of the passengers had been spotted and rescued.

From Friday to Saturday (June 15-16) Spain’s coast guard rescued 933 migrants and found four dead bodies in the Mediterranean, as the country prepared for the arrival of a charity rescue ship that was denied a port by Italy and Malta.

The number of people fleeing poverty and conflict by boat to Spain doubled last year and is likely to rise again in 2018, according to the EU border agency, potentially pushing migration up the national political agenda.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has already made migrant-friendly moves in his first two weeks in the job, offering to take in the rescue ship Aquarius with 629 people on board and pledging free healthcare to undocumented migrants.