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Dramatic scenes as migrants rescued from sinking raft in Mediterranean

Dramatic scenes as migrants rescued from sinking raft in Mediterranean


SPAIN (AP) - The Spanish Maritime Rescue Service has performed a dramatic rescue of 60 migrants from their sinking inflatable dinghy in the Mediterranean.

The operation took place on Saturday in a stretch of the Mediterranean east of the Strait of Gibraltar known as the Alboran Sea, and was captured on video by the rescue service.

Rescuers spotted the overloaded raft with people waving for help, and by the time the rescue ship reached the dinghy, it was already partly-submerged, with some of the migrants flailing in the water.

In the video, some people on the sinking dinghy can be heard shouting in panicked voices "we don't know how to swim" as rescuers attempt to throw them floatation rings.

According to the Spanish Maritime Rescue Service, all those aboard the flimsy raft were rescued without injury.

Spanish authorities said search and rescue operations continued in the same maritime area through to Sunday.

Spain has become a leading entry point for migrants.

According to the United Nations, 34,994 migrants have arrived in Spain this year and 1,565 people are known to have died trying to cross the Mediterranean so far in 2018.

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