Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Police search for 'patera' men

Police are looking for two men who swam to Gibraltar after their semi-rigid inflatable speedboat overturned off Europa Point early last week.

A third man who was on the boat, a Moroccan national, was detained and repatriated to Morocco following the incident.

Police initially received reports of a capsized boat that had been spotted in the area known as ‘La Seca’, south of Europa Point.

They subsequently received information about three persons believed to have been inside the boat when it overturned.

The man who was detained reportedly confirmed that the other two occupants had also made it to land.

Police believe the two men may have since crossed into Spain but investigations continue.

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