Wednesday 24 January 2018

Stowaway clung to back of ferry on 50km journey

Police have arrested a man who secretly clung on to a catamaran ferry in Morocco and travelled to Spain by holding on to the rear of one of its engines during a two-hour, 50km journey.

Authorities released dramatic photographs showing the Algerian stowaway partially hidden at the stern of the ship and holding on while its engines roared and the ocean churned beneath him.

The Interior Ministry said yesterday that the 48-year-old suspected illegal immigrant was arrested as the ship was completing its journey from Tangier, Morocco, to Tarifa, Spain.

It said the man apparently had hoped to dive into the water as the ferry approached Tarifa, swim to safety and illegally enter Spain. Tarifa, a port in southern Spain, is one of several points in the country where illegal immigrants are caught.

Irish Independent

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