Immigrants caught trying to swim to Spain

TWO African immigrants were caught first thing this morning (Monday January 19) while trying to swim to Spain.

The Moroccan Navy spotted the pair near the Ceuta coast at 7am, Spanish police sources revealed.

Although both were wearing wetsuits to protect themselves from the cold water, the two men were reportedly having trouble swimming due to the windy weather.

As they were still in Moroccan waters Spanish authorities did not need to intervene.

Meanwhile, in Melilla special police patrols were needed on both sides of the border as there was intense pressure from migrants trying to make the most of the bad weather to slip onto Spanish ground.

A Guardia Civil helicopter patrolling the border from the air first thing in the morning reported hundreds of people approaching the fence from the Gurugu mountain area.

Officers in four-wheel drive vehicles lined the fence in torrential rain and lightning, prepared to act if needed, but the Moroccan police managed to keep the crowd from reaching the fences.

The Melilla border had been quiet for the last 10 days, when 14 immigrants managed to jump the fence on January 9.

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