Around 600 African migrants were rescued off the coast of Spain in 24 hours, a sea rescue patrol said Saturday.
The Guardia Civil and Salvamento Maritimo rescue service added that operations to recover further migrants were still under way.
Spain is the third busiest gateway for migrants arriving in Europe, but far behind Italy and Greece. However, the number of people arriving by sea in Spain has nearly tripled over the last year to 17,687.
Many Africans undertaking the long route to Europe are choosing to avoid crossing danger-ridden Libya to get to Italy along the so-called central Mediterranean route, and choosing instead to get there via Morocco and Spain. Read more