An immigrant has been rescued crossing the Strait of Gibraltar by hanging onto the inflated inner tube of a lorry tyre.
Shocking photos show a man lying across the floating inner tube tyre in the middle of the ocean.
He was reportedly first spotted 6 miles (9.7 kilometres) off the coast of Punta Carnero in the Spanish city of Algeciras by a cargo ship.
An immigrant has been rescued crossing the Strait of Gilbratar by hanging onto the inflated inner tube of a lorry tyre
The crew of the Kattegat cargo ship then alerted central coordinator in the Spanish city of Tarifa to his presence.
Spanish maritime rescue services were then alerted and the Salvamar Arcturus was sent to rescue the man.
The migrant, who has not been named, was then taken to the port of Tarifa in the Spanish autonomous community of Andalusia. He is in good health.
The Strait of Gibraltar is a narrow passage of sea that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and separates Gibraltar and Peninsular Spain in Europe from Morocco in Africa.
At its narrowest point, it is only 7.7 nautical miles wide.
Earlier today it was announced five migrants died trying to cross the Mediterranean, the Spanish coastguard said.
Rescue boats, helicopters and planes from southern Spain carried out a series of rescue operations late Wednesday and Thursday, a spokeswoman said.
Since Wednesday evening, 185 people in five boats had been rescued.
But at least one boat had capsized, and four migrants died about 40 kilometres (25 miles) off Morocco’s coast.
Another of those rescued died later of cardiac arrest.
On Thursday, the coastguards were searching for another two boats in the Mediterranean with at least 45 people on board.
The crew of the Kattegat cargo ship then alerted central coordinator in the Spanish city of Tarifa to his presence
Initially, helicopters and planes had been grounded because of bad weather but they were eventually able to fly, joining rescue boats in the search.
The news came as police said they had arrested 19 people for illegally transporting migrants across the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain using jet skis or small inflatable boats.
They allegedly charged 4,000 euros (£3,478) per crossing and another 500 euros if the person trying to get to Europe needed lodging once in Spain, police said in a statement.
Spain is the third busiest gateway for migrants arriving in Europe, behind Italy and Greece.
Many Africans undertaking the long route to Europe are choosing to avoid crossing danger-ridden Libya to get to Italy along the so-called central Mediterranean route, choosing instead to get there via Morocco and Spain.
According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 22,400 people arrived in Spain by sea last year, nearly triple the number for 2016.
Some 223 people died along the way.
So far this year, at least 3,778 migrants have arrived in Spain, with more than 180 losing their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean.