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Migrants using toy boats are rescued off the coast of Spain

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Migrants using toy boats are rescued off the coast of Spain

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Fifty-nine African migrants have been rescued as they tried to cross the 13 km stretch of water separating Spain from Morocco at the Strait of Gibraltar on inflatable toy boats.

Members of Spain’s Maritime Safety Agency intercepted the crafts after they got caught up in strong winds. Several woman were among those who were brought to land.

Experts attribute small groups buying toy boats as they allow them to embark on the crossing on their own, without having to pay smugglers who use sturdier vessels.