Gibraltar Customs Marine unit arrest a Spanish National after chase at sea

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A Gibraltar Customs boat similar to HMC Seeker Credit: Twitter

AN incident took place on Sunday night at around midnight, when officers onboard HMC Seeker on a routine patrol in the area of Eastern Beach sighted a small rigid inflatable boat (RHIB) heading south at speed without displaying navigation lights.

HMC Seeker then turned its blue lights on and headed towards the suspect vessel which started to carry out evasive manoeuvres and ignored the Gibraltar Customs patrol boat.

The suspect vessel had three occupants onboard and boxes wrapped in black plastic bags.

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During one of these manoeuvres, one of the occupants of the boat fell in the sea so, immediately after, HMC Seeker aborted the chase and rescued the individual.

The RHIB, the two occupants and the suspect cargo made good their escape whilst the rescued Spanish National was then arrested and an investigation is now underway.


Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.

Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.

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