GUARDIA Civil have arrested 57 illegal immigrants trying to reach Spain’s Balearic Islands on small boats today Monday.
The alert was first raised in the early hours of the morning when the SIVE surveillance system detected a small craft to the west of Cabrera.
The Government Delegation in the Balearics reported the Guardia Civil’s Maritime Service was mobilised. They found the boat with 13 immigrants on board.
Around the same time the Guardia came across another boat which had already reached the shore in close to Mallorca’s Estanys beach in Colonia de Sant Jordi in Ses Salines,
Then a short time time later two small boats were spotted drifting a few miles out at sea from the Ses Salines lighthouse and Es Caragol beach. The Guardia detained 27 immigrants, handing them over to National Police.
Meanwhile, the authorities found a fifth boat, empty, around mid-morning in the Migjorn i sa Mola area. A search for the occupants left to 17 arrests.