POLICE cordoned off the arm of Denia harbour near the spot where the Baleares ferry ran aground.
Drone photographs taken after the accident showed that Balearia’s Pinar del Rio had scraped submerged blocks of stone at the harbour entrance.
No-one was injured during the episode although the badly damaged boat immediately attracted attention from members of the public wanting to see the holed vessel and take inevitable selfies.
The area was cordoned off after the Valencia-based Ports Authority contacted the Policia Local, ordering the breakwater’s closure owing to the massive presence of the public who were at risk as they negotiated the breakwater.
They were also hindering removal of the 70 vehicles aboard the ferry and attempts to refloat the stranded vessel, the Authority said.
Despite the Policia Local tape that barred their way, many people ignored the official recommendation or, in some cases, walked along the other harbour arm.