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In contrast, some 13,200 migrants came to Greece this year - more than 11,700 of whom arrived by sea - down from 176,906 in total the previous year.

On the same day, 12 migrants arrived in waters off the Spanish territory of Ceuta in northern Morocco on jet-skis, with one - a 28-year-old man from Guinea - drowning before he could be rescued, authorities said.

That is more than triple the number who reached Spain at the same time past year, according to Joel Millman, a senior IOM spokesman, and already more than the total arrivals in 2016.

Local newspaper Diario De Cadiz reports that many of those on board quickly changed their clothing to evade the police, who carried out searches to apprehend the suspected illegal migrants. The figure marks a significant increase to past year, when 13,246 migrants arrived in Spain in all of 2016, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Overall numbers have fallen by nearly 60 per cent from the same period the previous year.

Spanish coastguards said they had rescued 10 men from sub-Saharan Africa in a rickety boat off Tarifa in southern Spain.

Millman says that it is probable that Spain will take the lead from Greece for having received the most migrants by the end of 2017.

However, Spain has become an increasingly attractive route for migrants and smugglers this year.

According to the IOM's latest figures, until August 6, close to 8,200 migrants had arrived in Spain so far this year.

The video may provide a glimpse of changing trends in the routes taken by Mediterranean migrants.

"Given where the people are coming from, it's possible this might explain a shift away from Libya and the increased numbers in Spain", he said. The passengers, mostly from Morocco and neighboring Algeria, were looking for a better life in Europe and using Spain as a doorway.

The number of arrivals from north Africa is likely to increase further due to the good summer weather, said Inigo Villa, head of the disaster management unit at the Red Cross.