OFFICERS of the National Police in Almería have detained a total of 247 illegal boats in 2017.
So far, 5,346 people from many countries on the African continent have been rescued and care given to 259 foreign children.
Most boats have been located offshore by Maritime Rescue personnel who escort vessels to the port of Almeria.
Officers from the Public Safety Unit assigned to the Prevention and Response Unit (UPR) then place individuals into custody, and Red Cross staff provide first aid and primary care attention for each person.
Spain has repeatedly been targeted by illegal migrants as a gateway to Europe.