AGUILA BEACH, Spain (Reuters) – Sunbathers in the Canary Islands signed up with forces with emergency employees to give water, food and clothing to migrants who showed up suddenly on a beach in the Spanish archipelago on Friday.
Some 2 lots migrants, among them 3 infants and one pregnant woman, landed in a rickety boat on the rocky shores of the Aguila beach, Gran Canaria.
Exhausted, cold and some relatively in a state of shock after weathering the Atlantic, they were provided thermal blankets, food and water by rescue employees.
Red Cross authorities stated the migrants, who were from northern and sub-Saharan Africa, informed them of 6 days spent navigating sometimes rough waters.
” It was a truly hard journey,” Jose Antonio Rodriguez of the Red Cross stated. One of the infants on the boat was taken to hospital with a fever.
Sunseekers, who ranged from tourists visiting the island to residents, sprang into action after the boat got here, he stated.
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” They were the very first ones to assist out, providing food, water and milk for the babies after they saw how hungry they were,” he said. “They also gave clothing as the migrants were soaking damp.”
One lady nestled a tired migrant in her lap as another swimsuit-clad woman gave her water. Another used his beach towel to keep her feet warm.
Some 27,594 migrants had gotten here in Spain this year by mid-November, according to information from the Interior Ministry, a decline of more than 50%from the same period in 2015.
The popular traveler destination of the Canary Islands, however, has seen an increase of 22%in arrivals, with 1,493 migrants getting here up until now this year by mid-November.
Reporting by Borja Suarez, Writing by Ashifa Kassam; Editing by Alison Williams
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