Spanish coast guard rescues 24 migrants near Canary Islands

Twenty-four migrants from Africa have been rescued after being picked up by the Spanish coast guard in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday (December 27).

The vessel brought the migrants-including two babies- to the Canary Islands port of Gran Canaria.

The Coast Guard said all those rescued were in good health.

Thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East embark on the dangerous journey by sea every year hoping to make it to Europe. Many die.

Earlier on Friday a German NGO ship rescued 32 migrants from an overcrowded rubber dinghy off the coast of Libya after receiving an emergency call late on Thursday (December 26).

The Sea-Eye rescue ship is now en route to the Italian port of Lampedusa.