More immigrants rescued off Cabo de Palos

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THE MARITIME service department of the Guardia Civil in conjunction with Spanish coastguards rescued a boat in Cartagena waters with ten immigrants on board early on the evening of Tuesday.

All of the occupants on board the vessel were adults and they all appeared to be in apparent good health.

The Civil Guard’s Integrated Outer Vigilance Service detected the vessel at approximately 18.30h somewhere in the region of 20 nautical miles southeast of the coast of Cabo de Palos, sources have reported.

The vessel was intercepted two hours later by the Maritime Service Provincial de la Benemérita who moved the boat to the port of Cartagena, where it arrived at around 10:00h on the same evening.

On board the vessel were 10 people, all adults and all male, thought to be of North African origin, probably from Algeria.

The occupants of the boat were brought ashore and administered health care from the Red Cross, although they were all found to be in good health and suffering no effects from their time spent at sea.

They were subsequently handed over to officials from the servicios de extranjería for further processing and detention.

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