A rescue vessel saved 57 migrants from a patera (open boat) adrift on Monday, 65 nautical miles (120 kilometers) from Gran Canaria. the group included a woman with three small children and one pregnant woman.
The small boat was located in open seas at around 6pm on Sunday by an Air Force search and rescue plane, as it was headed towards the south of Gran Canaria. A coastguard boat headed for the position provided by the air force to assist, and once located the occupants were taken aboard and brought to Arguineguín port, where they arrived after midnight.
The group consisted of 51 men and six women and among them were three small children accompanied by their mother. The pregnant woman was evacuated to hospital and two of the men were taken to the Maspalomas health centre (centro de salud). The mother and her children were referred to the reception centre in Santa Lucia de Tirajana.