Bathers on a Torrenueva beach yesterday afternoon were surprised to see a RIB approaching the shore crammed with illegal immigrants.
About 20 individuals landed their RIB on Playa de La Joya and ran across the beach to find somewhere to hide as the police wouldn’t be far behind.
The Guardia Civil had been alerted, who in turn passed the info to the Policía Nacional to handle.
Eighteen of the passengers were tracked down and captured, amongst them the helmsman, who will facing a stiff prison sentence for people smuggling.
Editorial comment: there is always haggling over the terminology used to described people arriving in this fashion. The fact is that they have entered the country illegally therefore the adjective that you are going to use is “illegal.” As for the noun, migrants migrate and immigrant emigrate. Refugees seek shelter; permanent or temporal. The RIB contained immigrants; i.e., those wishing to find a home in Europe, be it for economical reasons or because it was not safe in their own country – either way, they’re immigrants.
(News: Torrenueva, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia – Photo: frame from video)