By John Smith •
Published: 24 May 2020 • 16:09
THERE has been a great deal of speculation on social media this weekend concerning a plume of smoke appearing on the horizon opposite to Estepona Port.
Three stories have circulated, one that this was a drug boat that had caught fire, two that it was a six-metre fishing boat and three that it was an exercise put on by the Salvamento Marítimo (the Spanish sea rescue group).
The skipper of a Menorquin 55 vessel which had just left the harbour was convinced that this was a potential emergency and quickly called the emergency number which saw a fast response from the Salvamento Marítimo station onshore.
Whatever was the real reason behind the fire, the response was clearly fast and efficient.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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