Fifteen migrants were rescued Tuesday from two toy rubber dinghies in the Strait of Gibraltar as they were trying to reach the Spanish coast.

The crew of the ferry Tarifa Jet, which was making the run between Tarifa, Spain, and Morocco, rescued seven Sub-Saharan immigrants, all adult males.

The search operation was launched by Spain's Maritime Rescue service after receiving a telephone call alerting them to the fact that the small boats were in the area, but it was the crew of the ferry that spotted and picked up the first group of migrants as they were drifting 11 miles southwest of Tarifa.

Maritime Rescue subsequently rescued eight occupants of a second rubber dinghy in the same zone.

The immigrants - all of them adult males - are from Sub-Saharan Africa, are apparently in good health and have been taken to the port of Tarifa. EFE