By Peter McLaren-Kennedy • 06 February 2022 • 9:59
According to the reports in Europa Sur, the Royal Navy has caused three incidents involving Spanish ships operating in the waters surrounding Gibraltar.
The incidents apparently occurred between Wednesday and Friday this week, with official Spanish ships involved in two of the incidents. The two ships were the Salvamar Denébola, which had responded to a distress call from a sailboat (Spetes) and the second from the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO).
According to reports a rigid boat based in Gibraltar harassed the rescue vessel and at one point collided with it, forcing it to abandon the rescue attempt.
Hours later, four Gibraltar government and Royal Navy ships harassed the Spanish oceanographic vessel Francisco de Paula Navarro, more than three miles away from the Rock.
The third incident took place on Friday, when HMS Pursuer, a British training ship based in Gibraltar, was carrying out target practice in Spanish waters, practices that had not been reported. When the Guardia Civil arrived at the scene, the Pursuer returned to port.
According to Europa Sur, Spanish diplomatic sources have confirmed that they will report the three incidents involving the Royal Navy through the usual diplomatic channels.
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Originally from South Africa, Peter is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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