CADIZ, Spain – A group of 66 migrants were brought to the southernmost Spanish port of Tarifa on Tuesday after rescue workers picked them up in the Strait of Gibraltar, the country’s Maritime Safety Agency said.
The agency sent out patrols at around 6:40 am after becoming aware of several small boats in the area.
“Salvamar Arcturus has rescued passengers from two other small boats in the Strait. The number of people rescued today by the unit is 66 from nine small boats,” the maritime rescue agency tweeted.
People were rescued from nine boats in the same area, some 17 nautical miles (31 kilometers) from Tarifa.
The group was then transferred to the port in Tarifa, where they were received by a team of first responders.