LIFEBOAT crews rescued 19 African immigrants from a vessel in the Alboran Sea.
Following reports of a second boat departing from Morocco, rescuers later searched and found it in the same area.
The boat was intercepted a mile and a half south of the coast of the Montaña Arena beach in the south of Gran Canaria.
Six people were rescued and were taken to the Arguiniguín port.
The rescue comes after a report from the United Nations found that a record number of migrants are trying to reach Spain by sea.
The United Nations’ International Organisation for Migration recently reported that 8,385 migrants have arrived in Spain by sea so far this year, and 121 people have died along the western Mediterranean route
There’s a sharp increase from 2,476 arrivals in the first half of 2016 compared to this year.
More than 2,400 migrants have died in the Mediterranean each year in the last four years.