The Spanish Civil Guard rescued a 15-year old Moroccan stowed away on a ferry.
Rabat – Spanish maritime services have rescued a Moroccan minor who was “hidden as a stowaway” in a hole on the side of the Miramar Express ferry for the mooring line. The ferry operates between Nador in northern Morocco and the Spanish town of Motril on the Mediterranean coast in the province of Granada.
Authorities took the minor “ashore to carry out the legal procedures.”
According to 20 Minutos, the Motril Civil Guard has rescued 524 migrants in December who were trying to reach the Spanish coast. Of those, 498 were sub-Saharan African migrants and 26 were from the Maghreb.
To ease the pressure of migration on Spain, Morocco has dismantled a dozen irregular migration networks throughout 2018.
More than 1,500 migrants had died in the Mediterranean in 2018 as of August while trying to reach Europe, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The number has undoubtedly increased in the past few months.
In September, a video went viral of a young Moroccan trying to get to Spain by crossing the Mediterranean Sea on a tube.
The minor was paddling just with his hands before he was saved by a Spanish fishing boat.