Al acabar el día, lo bueno y lo malo se te echan encima, mezclados, vividos. Hoy ha sido un sábado intenso para muchos de nuestros compañeros… los mismos que mañana estarán a pie de mar: pendientes de ti. Salvamento Marítimo es lo que hacemos… es lo que somos. pic.twitter.com/PHWwidecCm
— SALVAMENTO MARÍTIMO (@salvamentogob) October 27, 2018
One of the Spanish sea rescue service's vessels with survivors picked up. Photo: Salvamento Maritimo
Meanwhile 16 Moroccan migrants were reported missing after another boat capsized off the coast of north Morocco.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) 42,500 migrants have arrived by sea in Spain since the start of the year and another 433 have been killed during the journey, often made aboard overcrowded and unseaworthy vessels. The death toll is already three times higher than the figure for the whole of 2017.
The Spanish sea rescue service said on Twitter that 53 people had been rescued in the waters between Spain and northern Africa as migrant boat took on water. However “two lifeless bodies” were also recovered. The Caminando Fronteras NGO, which helps migrants, said that the dead bodies were those of two seven-year-old children.
Increasing numbers of Moroccans and sub-Saharan migrants are seeking to enter Spain, either by sea or by smuggling themselves into the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, which are in Morocco and are the only European territories in Africa.