Teenage Algerian skipper transporting migrants to Almeria intercepted by Police

COST: The Algerian teenager got each migrant to pay the equivalent of €500 to make the crossing to Spain. CREDIT: Almeria Guardia Civil

POLICE arrested a 19-year old Algerian for skippering an inflatable dinghy heading for the Spanish coast with 18 migrants on board.

The five-metre long boat was intercepted by Almeria maritime rescue 40 nautical miles east of Cabo de Gata.

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Police identified the young Algerian as one of the individuals who had organised the crossing to Spain from a beach in Canastel in the North African country, and for being the only person responsible for navigating and steering the craft across the Mediterranean.

A police statement said that prior to making the crossing the 19-year old had had the job of getting together a group willing to do the journey and for getting each person to hand over the equivalent of €500.

After they set off he told the migrants that if they were rescued they should say they had taken the navigating and steering in turns.


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