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Spanish Hero Rescues Migrants from Peril at Sea

Spanish Hero Rescues Migrants from Peril at Sea

Javier González sprung into action within a minute after witnessing migrants being forced off a speedboat at gunpoint during a storm off Spain's Andalusian coast. Tragically, one migrant perished by the time he reached them.
Near the Sancti Petri beach, where González's team was shooting a video, over 20 migrants were spotted on a speedboat a common scene linked to drug trafficking and migrant arrivals. However, the situation took a chilling turn as 27 North African migrants were cast into the sea amidst rough currents and their own inability to swim.

With decades of local ocean knowledge from running the Náuticas Gurri surf school, González saw the dire situation and quickly set out with his son in a dinghy, managing to rescue some migrants who were 50 meters offshore. Meanwhile, those on land called for emergency services.

Spanish police acknowledge that the migrants, originating from Morocco, were divided into groups of around 40 and abandoned at sea. Out of the 27 compelled to brave the stormy waters where González intervened, only eight survived, four died soon after, and others remain unaccounted for.

The migrants, forced to leap into the turbulent ocean under threats of violence, were later met with life-saving efforts as González's team used their clothes to keep them warm until professional assistance arrived with significant delays from the Red Cross, national police, and absent maritime rescue services.

Investigations have been initiated as reports hint the boat was manned by two Spaniards and two Moroccans, with migrants paying hefty sums for passage. This incident has intensified scrutiny on an area notorious for trafficking yet seemingly neglected by authorities.

González laments the lack of official aid that puts lives in jeopardy, accentuating the significance of their presence in preventing further tragedy. While the Canary Islands are a major arrival point for irregular migrants, the Andalusian coast remains a perilous alternative route, witnessing about 800 arrivals and nine deaths, including at Sancti Petri beach, in 2023.

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