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Smugglers torch RHIB on La Linea beach

Smugglers torch RHIB on La Linea beach

Smugglers ran their fast boat aground on a beach near La Linea and set it alight before fleeing on foot.

The rigid-hull inflatable boat, of a type commonly used to ferry drugs across the Strait of Gibraltar, was likely torched to destroy fingerprints and DNA evidence.

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It was abandoned on a stretch of beach between Alcaidesa and La Linea early this morning.

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Minutes earlier, the vessel had been photographed traveling at speed close to shore, although it was not being chased.

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For hours it smouldered on the beach, drawing attention from curious passers-by.

Guardia Civil officers also attended the scene around two hours after the vessel was beached.

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But this evening, as the sun set, the RHIB remained smouldering on the shoreline.

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