28 rescued from patera headed to Canaries
The Salvamento Maritimo, Marine Rescue centre, in Las Palmas coordinated a search for a boat that had been reported setting of from Dakhla (Western Sahara) towards the Canaries. The operation began on the 17th of April at 15.05 Canarian time with the deployment of a Sasemar 103 aircraft to locate the patera (open boat) and its 28 occupants of Maghrebi origin. They were picked up by the Salvamar Menkalinan rescue vessel at 22.32. The occupants of the patera arrived in Arguineguin port at 03:40 on Tuesday morning, as reported by Salvamento Maritimo through their Twitter profile.
A Helimer 210 rescue helicopter evacuated a minor from the patera, at 00.50 and 63 miles south of Gran Canaria, who was displaying symptoms of hypoglycemia, disorientation and general discomfort. The child was transferred to the Doctor Negrin hospital in Las Palmas.