11 Jun, 2013 @ 13:57
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Stowaway enters Spain clinging to ferry engine


AN Algerian stowaway has been busted trying to enter Spain by clinging to the back engine of a ferry.

The 48-year-old suspected illegal immigrant was picked up at Tarifa, after completing the treacherous two-hour journey across the Straits of Gibraltar.

It is understood that he boarded the ship at Tangiers in Morocco, and had planned to jump into the water as the ferry came close to land and swim to shore.

The desperate man, who was both shirtless and shoeless, then hoped to evade a border check point and illegally enter the country by climbing over a 10ft fence.

He was arrested by Spanish police and taken to an immigration detention centre, where he has been detained on suspicion of attempting to enter the country illegally.


  1. The Daily Mail made a total mess of this story two days ago. The journey, as we all know is 45 minutes; it is from Tanger; those are not razor sharp propellors they are a hydro-jet (still dangerous); if he was going to swim to shore where would the border check point be, and where is the 10 foot fence. The ‘comments’ column corrected most of these mistakes.

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