The irregular migrants originate from Nigeria, Guinea, Gambia and Cameroon.
Rabat – Moroccan Royal Marines rescued 62 migrants from a sinking boat in the Mediterranean Sea, today, August 27, reported Spanish news agency EFE.
The boat was about 15 miles (24 kilometers) to the North of Sidi Abed Beach, near Al Hoceima (north of Morocco). The boat was damaged and full of water when the Royal Marine reached it.
The rescued migrants, including three women, originating from the sub-Saharan countries of Nigeria, Guinea, Gambia, and Cameroon. The Royal Marines took them directly to the city of Al Hoceima. Many of the irregular migrants needed medical attention.
According to official statistics, the Moroccan authorities prevented more than 40,300 migrants attempts to cross the Mediterranean Sea in the first half of this year alone. Last year, the authorities aborted around 89,000 undocumented migrants making similar attempts.