A Maritime Rescue helicopter is going to evacuate to Gran Canaria a baby, three children and three women located this Sunday in poor health in a dinghy 190 kilometers south of Gran Canaria. According to sources from the Maritime Rescue and the Red Cross, nearly fifty migrants of sub-Saharan origin traveled in the boat and are receiving the help of the Guardamar Polimnia.
This rescue ship plans to return with the entire group to the Port of Arguineguín as soon as the Helimer 215 helicopter completes the evacuation. In principle, the Guardamar Polimnia will arrive at that port in the south of Gran Canaria with the other 43 immigrants around 11:00 p.m. this Sunday.
The ports of the Canary Islands are preparing for a hot autumn a year after the crisis that brought the archipelago to the headlines of international newspapers. Landings so far this year have doubled those of the previous year, when the lack of coordination and preparation of local and national authorities turned the arrival of 23,000 people into a serious humanitarian crisis, with thousands of people crammed into the Arguineguín pier , lack of reception and planning spaces.
Just 10 days ago, on October 14, a cayuco with about 200 people on board was rescued 14 nautical miles, about 26 kilometers, from the southwest coast of Gran Canaria and towed by the Maritime Rescue boat to the Arguineguín dock. . That same day, two other boats and another boat were located with about a hundred people on board in total. A woman and one of the babies who gave birth in a twin birth aboard one of the boats in which about 50 people were traveling were evacuated by helicopter, while the other newborn died, Red Cross sources told Efe. and Maritime Rescue. The mother, who had given birth four hours before being rescued, and the surviving baby were transferred to the Juan Negrín Hospital in Gran Canaria. The islands of Lanzarote and El Hierro have also seen the arrival of migrants in recent weeks. In total, there are already 14,000 people in an irregular situation who have arrived on board different boats in the archipelago
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