Spain's Maritime Rescue and Red Cross saved 41 immigrants Friday who were sailing on six inflatable toy rafts in the Strait of Gibraltar.

The first small craft to be intercepted was carrying seven sub-Saharan immigrants and the second had four, all adult males, Red Cross officials said.

The next two rafts each had seven people aboard, while a fifth craft had eight, all adult sub-Saharan men.

The sixth raft to be rescued carried another eight sub-Saharan immigrants, six men and two women, who showed slight indications of hypothermia, seasickness and vomiting.

Friday's 41 immigrants raise to 161 the total of those rescued off the southern coasts since Dec. 1, when another group was found sailing precariously on small toy rafts in hopes of reaching Spain. EFE