Boat with 22 migrants intercepted at Vale do Lobo beach

in News · 15-06-2020 10:32:00 · 4 Comments

A vessel with 22 men, allegedly of Moroccan origin, was intercepted on 15 June when crew members were preparing to disembark at Vale do Lobo Beach, in the Algarve, said the commander of the Southern maritime zone.

According to Fernando Rocha Pacheco, the small vessel, seven metres long, was sighted at about 4am by a fishing master, who considered her suspicious for being "loaded with people", warning the authorities.

The 22 occupants of the vessel "claim to be Moroccan" and will have left the city of El-Jadida, in Morocco, bound for Portugal, added the same source.

After the alert, elements from the Faro Maritime Police and the Quarteira Lifeboat Station started searching by sea and land, having detected and intercepted the vessel at 4:50am, when the crew "were already preparing to disembark".

The 22 men were then taken to Quarteira's lifeguard station, where they are currently being surveyed, at about 8am, added Fernando Rocha Pacheco.

In a statement released in the meantime, the National Maritime Authority says that the group of migrants is being watched by a team from the National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM) and will be subjected to covid-19 screening tests.

The Criminal Investigation Service of the Southern Maritime Police Regional Command is already at the scene to collect evidence and the Aliens and Borders Service (SEF) is on its way to the scene, the statement concludes.

This is the second case involving migrants allegedly of Moroccan origin who landed in the Algarve, after last week the authorities detected a vessel with seven men off Olhão.


And this is how terrorists infiltrate .

By Tony B from USA on 17-06-2020 04:20

How did they get past the coastal radar station in Ancão, 5km away, without being detected? Ridiculous that illegal immigrants should be spotted by a fishing vessel.

By Rolf Persson from Algarve on 16-06-2020 01:19

This is an invasion of Europe by migrants and needs to be dealt with and all the migrants deported . Also the EU should be investigating along with Morocco into who and what groups are behind this invasion of the EU .
It is also noted that the UN and NGOs say nothing about this invasion and illegal entry to the EU , WHY

By Paul R from Lisbon on 15-06-2020 06:06

Le début d'une invasion massive se prépare

By Michel Schuermans from Algarve on 15-06-2020 05:38
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