Salvamento Marítimo intercepted a patera (open boat) Wednesday off the Punta de Maspalomas, in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, just south of Gran Canaria.
Nine Maghrebis were on the boat. However two of them threw themselves into the water as they were being towed to Arguineguín. The search for them ended when they were located ashore. Another attempted to flee when the boat arrived at the harbour, he was stopped by the Guardia Civil.
Following a report of the presence of a small boat to the south of Gran Canaria, a Super Puma Air Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter, which had been on an instructional training flight near the area, joined the patera. The Salvamar Menkalinan rescue vessel arrived at around 22.40 at the port of Arguineguín, in Mogán, with the boat in tow. The remaining occupants, who had not tried to escape overboard, were taken care of in a Red Cross hospital tent under the supervision of the National Police Corps, who watched over the migrants.
The other two were located ashore.
Last weekend security teams searched for another patera that was to the south of Gran Canaria, after having having received reports that an open boat had set sail from the Western Saharan port of Dajla, due south of Gran Canaria. 62 people were on board. Eventually, it was Moroccan teams that rescued them and prevented them from reaching The Canary Islands.