More than 100 migrants rescued off Spain in one day

Migrants, most of them from Eritrea, jump into the water from a crowded wooden boat as they are helped by members of an NGO during a rescue operation at the Mediterranean sea (File photo)
More than 100 African migrants were saved from the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain after attempting the perilous crossing to Europe on a rickety boat, officials said.

"Today at least 104 people were saved," said a spokeswoman for the Spanish public agency in charge of maritime rescues on Saturday, adding that children were among the passengers.

Their boat was spotted by a fishing ship northeast of the Spanish island of Alboran.

Rescuers transported 56 people from Sub-Saharan Africa to Malaga, the spokeswoman said, while 32 other Africans, including 17 women, were taken to the port of Motril, 100 kilometre (60 miles) further east.

Sixteen other migrants, originally from North Africa, were taken to Cartagena, 400 kilometre northeast of Malaga.

Since 2014, more than 10,000 migrants have lost their lives in the Mediterranean, according to UN figures.

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