By Cathy Elelman • 12 August 2019 • 18:18
COST: The Algerian teenager got each migrant to pay the equivalent of €500 to make the crossing to Spain.
CREDIT: Almeria Guardia Civil
POLICE arrested a 19-year old Algerian for skippering an inflatable dinghy heading for the Spanish coast with 18 migrants on board.
The five-metre long boat was intercepted by Almeria maritime rescue 40 nautical miles east of Cabo de Gata.
Police identified the young Algerian as one of the individuals who had organised the crossing to Spain from a beach in Canastel in the North African country, and for being the only person responsible for navigating and steering the craft across the Mediterranean.
A police statement said that prior to making the crossing the 19-year old had had the job of getting together a group willing to do the journey and for getting each person to hand over the equivalent of €500.
After they set off he told the migrants that if they were rescued they should say they had taken the navigating and steering in turns.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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