FINE WEATHER BRINGS MORE IMMIGRANTS
Staff Reporter / 2010-06-02 15:16:07
Over twenty immigrants were rescued off the coast of Cartagena last Monday, while at the same time twelve were intercepted near the Santa Pola coastline. Four of those brought to the Cartagena port of Santa Lucia, were under eighteen. They were treated by Red Cross workers, and were then handed over to the police. All were in reasonable health except three who were treated at Rosell Hospital for exhaustion. The youngest crew members will now become the responsibility of the Social Services of Murcia.
It is believed that the good weather and calm seas we are experiencing at present could mean an increase in the number of immigrants who literally risk life and limb to cross the Atlantic from Africa, only to be caught upon arrival and promptly returned home to a life of poverty and hunger. This is the first boatload of immigrants which have been intercepted in Murcia since January. However, two others were spotted in Almeria, just off Cabo de Gata, on Monday as well. The twelve immigrants who were caught off Santa Pola included a pregnant woman and an under age boy. All were in reasonable health.
The boats were spotted by the radar towers (SIVE) which were installed two years ago to try and intercept the huge influx of immigrants.
Tags: Cartagena, Immigrants