A Spanish rescue ship saved 64 sub-Saharan immigrants from an inflatable boat some 5 miles south of the Mediterranean island of Alboran, authorities told Efe Monday.

The immigrants were located Sunday night by a merchant ship sailing through the area and picked up by the Maritime Rescue ship, which took them to the southern port of Motril.

The group includes 17 women and 6 children under 4.

After being attended by the Red Cross, two of the migrants were taken to hospital, one with a serious dislocation and the other a woman who is pregnant.

The rest remained in the reception center.

This was the second small boat intercepted in the past 24 hours off the coast of Granada province, after the Civil Guard detained eight North African immigrants the night before around 9 miles south of Castell de Ferro. EFE