An aspiring mother gave birth to a baby while trying to reach Europe by dinghy across the Atlantic Ocean. Spanish coastguard rescues migrants on board, including newborns The newborn and his mother are both healthy.
According to a report by Deutsche Welle, a German-based international news agency, Spanish coastguards rescued the dinghy floating about 44 kilometers off the coast of the country’s Canary Islands on Wednesday night. A total of 60 migrants were reported on board the dinghy. They are all thought to be citizens of different countries in North Africa.
Immigrants from various countries in Asia and Africa try to reach Europe by crossing the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean. These journeys are extremely risky on small rubber dinghies.
According to the Spanish news agency EFE, the group of 60 migrants was traveling in a rubber dinghy. On the way, a woman in a dinghy gave birth to a child. The rescued migrants were taken to the port of Gran Tarjala, the news agency said, noting that the newborn and his mother were healthy.
Helena Maleno, an official with Caminando Frontiers, a Spanish non-governmental organization working with immigrants, described the immigrant mother as “brave” and said she had given birth to a son. “The brave mother and her child have arrived safely,” he said.
It is learned that the coast guard started the rescue operation at 11 pm on Tuesday after receiving the news that a dinghy located about half a hundred kilometers away from the coast was in danger. The migrants in the dinghy were brought to the shore safely around 2 pm.
This is not the first time an immigrant mother has given birth to a child in a boat floating in the sea. On April 29 last year, Spanish coastguards rescued a few hours old newborn, his mother and 40 migrants.