Illegal immigrants seized heading for Spain

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Spain’s maritime rescue service has intercepted 59 immigrants bound for the country’s south east coast.

The rescue mission was mounted after a tip-off telephone call from a person in Morocco. Among the immigrants were three babies and ten women.

They have been taken to the port of Motril in Granada province where they have received medical attention.

All the occupants of the boat are unharmed while eight of the women are pregnant. It is understood the captain of the vessel will appear in court on Monday.

Spain is one of the main gateways to the European Union for illegal immigration from Africa, the Maghreb as well as sub-Saharan Africa.

A record was set in 2006 with the arrival of 31,600 immigrants in the Canary Islands off the west coast of Morocco.