The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Jose Luis Ábalos, has considered this Friday that in the migratory crisis that affects the Canary Islands “no” there has been lack of coordinationIf not, he understands that there are many ministries involved and each one has to attend to its part.
Anyway, he admitted, during a visit to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (CCS Las Palmas), that “it is always good to arrive earlier” but also clarified that you have to have the “correct information”.
Thus, questioned why there is a single command to address this migration crisis, Ábalos pointed out that in the case of Salvage there is a “single command that works with the Ministry of the Interior” since 2018.
During his visit to CCS Las Palmas, Ábalos was accompanied by the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá; the President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres; and the Government delegate in the archipelago, Anselmo Pestana, who have also seen the new building that houses the Las Palmas Maritime Captaincy and the Salvage ship ‘Miguel de Cervantes’.
This has allowed them to exchange impressions with the professionals who are carrying out Rescue tasks, which are “very complicated” in the Canary Islands, since they pointed out that it has a “very very large rescue area, with difficult sea conditions as well”, and therefore both with rescue work that are “always very risky and more now with the influx” of immigration.
Higher expense for salvage
The minister explained that in view of the migratory situation, Maritime Rescue has been reinforced in the Canary Islands with two helicopters, an airplane, two tugboats – one of them, the Punta Salinas is currently in the regulatory grounding – and three units Guardamar, “normally there is one”, and ten rapid intervention vessels, which are known as salvamares and the ones that most act when there is immigration, for which they have been reinforced with additional crew members.
In this sense, he pointed out that the expansion of the spending quota dedicated to Rescue to increase the human teams that attend immigrant rescues, from three to four components the minimum security staff to try said to “remove some stress and favor the task” of Rescue.
Escrivá highlights the good work
For his part, the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations, José Luis Escrivá, has highlighted the “meritorious” work carried out by the Maritime Rescue staff, pointing out that “everything that can be done to facilitate their work” will be done from the Government.
Finally, the President of the Canary Islands, Angel Victor Torres, recognized the work of Maritime Rescue, as well as thanked that both material and human resources have been increased, so that they can respond to the “magnificent work” that they carry out and which is currently “arduous” given the migratory crisis that affects the islands.
Torres pointed out that although between 500 and 1,000 people have lost their lives this year on the Atlantic route aboard irregular vessels, it is also true that “the number or their names will never” be known and “that is the drama” of immigration.
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