Cries in the dark trigger search for migrants off Spain

Spanish rescue services are searching off the country’s southeast coast for 10 migrants missing at sea, after a passing ship heard screams at night from people in the water

MADRID – Spanish rescue services on Monday searched the country’s southeast coast for 10 migrants missing at sea, after a passing ship heard screams of people in the water overnight.

Emergency teams removed 16 survivors and three bodies from the Mediterranean Sea after a small migrant boat sank and another took on water, Spanish authorities told the official EFE news agency .

The search with helicopters and rescue boats began after a ship in the area reported calls for help about 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the coast.

Survivors said there were 29 people, mostly men, on the two boats, according to EFE.

In another rescue, authorities rescued 51 men from an inflatable boat near Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands off northwest Africa.

Spain’s national police say they arrested 202 people last year on suspicion of driving boats carrying migrants on the long and dangerous crossing between West Africa and the Spanish archipelago.

This represents an increase of 1.4% compared to the same period in 2020.

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