Migrant manThe boat was spotted yesterday off the coast of Punta de Rasca around mid-day with another 116 migrants on board. It was intercepted by the Guardia Civil patrol vessel, Rio Gallo, which escorted it into harbour.

It arrived a few hours later in Los Cristianos where the occupants were taken off to be looked after by the emergency services. Up to eight of the migrants are believed to be young boys.

The adults will be transferred to the holding centre at Hoya Fría outside Santa Cruz to await deportation back to their countries of origin.

Another boat carrying 56 sub-Saharan Africans arrived yesterday morning in El Hierro, bringing the total for the last 72 hours in the Canaries to over 200.