African Immigrants intercepted in Tenerife
September 14, 2009 Leave a comment
A Vessel was spotted by the Coastguard yesterday eight miles of the coast of Tenerife which was seen to be carrying a large number of passengers. The vessel was intercepted and further investigation revealed that the vessel was carrying 77 Africans; several children were amongst the passengers.
The vessel was taken in to the port of Los Cristianos where the passengers disembarked and the owner of the vessel was arrested by the Guardia Civil. The passengers, who were all, would be immigrants were said to be in a good state of health but they will undergo further medical tests today.
The vessel was said to be dangerous and unseaworthy but it had safely made the crossing form Africa like so many other craft bringing would be immigrants hoping to enter Spain in this way. The number of similar incidences has fallen due to increased coastal surveillance.