Patera picked up just 200m off El Camisón

Photo: Nigel Armitage.

We haven’t seen much at all in the Canaries over recent years of the pateras and cayucos bringing desperate immigrants from west Africa, but one was picked up by Coastguards shortly after 5am this morning just 200m off the coast of El Camisón. The craft originated in Mauritania was towed into Los Cristianos harbour where the 36 male occupants, 11 of them thought to be minors, will be checked by the Red Cross and then processed by police.

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