Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Controversial rapper cancels Bataclan concerts

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Brett Kavanaugh hearings: Trump challenges Supreme Court nominee's accuser

Read more

#THE 51%

One is not enough: China to encourage people to have more children

Read more

ENCORE!

A Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Trajectory': Richard Russo on writing small town America

Read more

#TECH 24

Hacking the body, and the mind: The future of connected humanity

Read more

REPORTERS

Colombia: Cursed by coca in Catatumbo

Read more

FOCUS

Britain’s Labour Party: No home for Jews?

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Outfoxed: The mystery of the ‘Croydon Cat Killer’

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

Backstage at the Moulin Rouge

Read more

Europe

Hundreds of migrants rescued off the coast of Spain

© Cristina Quicler, AFP | A Red Cross member assists migrants outside a gymnasium used as reception center on June 21.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2018-06-23

At least 418 migrants were rescued in operations off the coast of Spain on Saturday, the country's national rescue service said.

In the largest of the operations, 262 people on 15 vessels were rescued in the Strait of Gibraltar, Salvamento Maritimo said on Twitter.

Twenty-seven others were found in the Mediterranean between Spain and Morocco and 129 more off the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

Elsewhere, the world's leading container shipping company, the Danish Maersk Line, said one of its vessels rescued 113 migrants off the coast of southern Italy on Saturday.

The Alexander Maersk changed course after picking up a distress signal early on Friday, Mikkel Elbek Linnet, a spokesman at Maersk Line, told AFP.

He could neither specify where exactly the migrants were rescued nor when the stress signal was picked up.

The vessel is currently situated off the coast of the Sicilian town of Pozzallo and awaiting instructions from the Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2018-06-23

  • ITALY - MALTA

    First Italy, then Malta refuse to accept migrant ship

    Read more

  • EUROPE

    Visegrad states to boycott EU migrant summit

    Read more

  • HUNGARY

    Hungary passes law making helping migrants illegal

    Read more

COMMENT(S)