The Guardia Civil have stated that they will continue to protect any Spanish boats that are in the Gibraltar area.
According to Spanish newspaper, the ABC, the Maritime Service of the Guardia Civil had to protect an oceanographic exploration ship when it was being harassed by Royal Navy and Royal Police boats in the waters around Gibraltar.
British authorities have called on Federico Trillo, Spanish ambassador to Britain, to explain what happened. In a tit for tat move the Spanish authorities then called on the British ambassador in Spain, Simon Manley, to do the same.
David Cameron made a statement, through his spokesperson, in which he asked Spain to desist in its actions and assured the Spanish government of his “firm stance” on the sovereignty of the rock.