Saturday, February 24, 2024

A migrant minor died after trying to swim to Ceuta from Morocco

In the early hours of this Friday, Ceuta witnessed intense rescue operations due to the arrival of migrants who, defying the dangerous conditions of the sea aggravated by the storm Karlotta, tried to reach the shore by swimming from Morocco. These operations require a coordinated and immediate response from the Maritime Service of the Civil Guard and the Underwater Special Operations Groups (GEAS), which highlights the complexity and challenges inherent in rescue operations in extreme conditions.

Early in the afternoon, the lifeless body of a minor who tried to swim was found and was never found. So far, 19 people have entered, despite the bad weather. Most were rescued by the Civil Guard and came from Syria, Palestine, Algeria, and Morocco.

In the early morning, the center of attention is the South Bay of Ceuta, near the breakwater. Tarajal. There, the Civil Guard Maritime Service vessel was deployed to carry out rescues amid adverse weather conditions. Migrants, facing waves of up to two meters, tried to overcome this critical point, meeting with the strong response of the rescue teams. Although the Royal Gendarmerie The Moroccans participated in the beginning, saving two people; it was the Spanish Civil Guard that assumed most of the operations, managing to save about 12 migrants in situations of serious risk. However, some migrants are unreachable, lost in the darkness of the sea.

When the day came, the operation moved to the Benzu area, in North Bay. Here, GEAS members play an important role, working with Salvamento Martimo, which operates the Salvamar Atria, and other vessels of the Civil Guard and Maritime Service. The extremely difficult conditions at sea test not only the ability of rescue teams to save people in the water but also their ability to ensure their safety.

On several occasions, GEAS members had to be assisted by a Maritime Service vessel as sea conditions made it difficult for them to get out of the water.

Salvamar Atria searched the area to ensure that there were no more people in danger in the ocean. The deteriorating weather conditions forced all the units involved to return to port, prioritizing the safety of the rescue teams and avoiding possible major tragedies.

The persistent migratory pressure on the southern border of Europe remains a continuous challenge for the Spanish and European authorities.

Europe’s response to this situation includes cooperation agreements with transit countries such as Mauritania and Morocco, which provide them with significant financial resources as well as advanced security infrastructure. However, despite these efforts to externalize their borders, European leaders have acknowledged that they have not achieved the expected results, which shows the complexity of the migration crisis and the need for more effective and humanitarian methods.

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