Search for migrant motherships

SUPPLY: How do such small craft make long and dangerous journeys? Photo credit: Twitter

THE spate of recent arrival by a number of migrants arriving along the Costa Blanca in small motor boats has raised questions as to how such craft actually make the journey.

During 2017 to date, at least 43 boats containing over 300 migrants have arrived in the Alicante province, often in batches of up to four boats in the space of 24 or 48 hours which was the case at the weekend when two arrived in Calpe and one each in El Campello and Santa Pola.

Police authorities are convinced that these smaller boats are launched from a number of motherships located further out to sea but there is no evidence to back up this theory.  The belief is backed up by the fact that boats with a maximum power of up to 30 or 50 horsepower would be unable to make a journey that would take several days from the Algerian coast to Alicante, without severe problems: not least the fact that they wouldn’t have enough fuel let alone the dangers of possible rough seas and weather conditions.

One of the concerns is that the small boats appear not to have been detected by the Guardia Civil External Monitoring System (SIVE), but they are alerted to their presence once they are stranded on the coast.  The suspected motherships are allegedly out of the range of the radar system and have so far not been intercepted…assuming there are any in the first place.

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