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50 migrants rescued from boat off Canaries

Rescue boats on Sunday brought 50 Africans to safety from a wooden boat off the Spanish Canary Island of Gran Canaria.

Local authorities said an emergency call from a sports boat was received on Sunday morning.

It stated that a wooden boat with many people on board had been sighted to the south of the island of Gran Canaria in the Atlantic off West Africa.

The news agency Europa Press reported that the rescue boat Menkalinan was immediately dispatched and took the migrants onboard.

The people, all of whom came from sub-Saharan Africa, would now be taken to the port city of Arguineguin in the south of the island.

Spain, along with Italy and Greece, is one of the countries on the EU’s external border where the most refugees and other migrants arrive.

The main route runs from Africa across the Mediterranean. To do this, however, people have to cross the Sahara, which is very risky.

The route from West Africa towards the Canary Islands is considered more direct, but the most dangerous.

The Atlantic is rougher than the Mediterranean. Nevertheless, people continue to risk this route and eventually hope to reach the Spanish mainland via the Canary Islands.

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