THE GUARDIA CIVIL are looking in to whether the body of a black man found in the water off a beach in Mijas is that of an immigrant.
The corpse of the unidentified man, which was found 400 metres off the shore in Calahonda, is thought to be that of an immigrant who died trying to reach Spain by boat. According to media reports, the man had been dead for several days, which coupled with his race, has led police to believe he could be a migrant.
The Guardia Civil, Maritime Salvage service, beach service and Public Health Emergency Company (EPES) attended the scene shortly after the man’s body was sighted at around 11am and declared him dead.
The problem of immigrants getting into difficulties as they try to reach Spain by boat continues as the summer weather makes crossings easier. Sixty-six people were rescued from two small boats in the Alboran sea earlier this week by Spanish rescue boat, the Guardamar Polimnia.
The vessel had been contacted by officials in Morocco warning a suspicious boat had been sighted leaving from Nador in Morocco. Guardamar Polimnia set out, alongside a helicopter, after requesting permission to enter Moroccan territory. While en route, they received another call warning of a second boat off Bouyafar in Morocco. Rescue workers sent out a distress signal to all boats in the area asking for information on any sightings before receiving word from ships, GNV Atlas and Niledutch Osprey, assisting their rescue efforts.