Raiders of the lost narc: Police board abandoned narco submarine ‘ghost ship’ found off Spain – a day after drug criminals’ underwater vessel with corpses on board was discovered off Colombia
Police have boarded an abandoned narco submarine ‘ghost ship’ found off Spain’s coast – a day after another underwater vessel was discovered with corpses on board off the coast of Colombia.
The 50ft semi-submersible was spotted sinking in Vilagarcia de Arousa, off the coast of Spain’s northern Pontevedra province in the Galicia region, on Monday.
Footage shows only the bow of the craft emerging from the waves and authorities inspecting the vessel, which was in an almost vertical position.
It is unclear if there are still narcotics on board or if it was sunk deliberately after cargo was unloaded.
The Civil Guard said: ‘Our colleagues at the GEAS (Special Group of Underwater Activities) are trying to retrieve it.’
Footage shows only the bow of the 15m (50ft) semi-submersible emerging from the waves and authorities inspecting the vessel, which was in an almost vertical position
It is unclear if there are still narcotics on board or if it was sunk deliberately after the cargo was unloaded
Divers investigated the submarine below the surface
Spanish media reported that the authorities were having trouble opening the hatch to the vessel and were working on bringing the sub to the surface despite choppy waters and poor weather conditions.
Underwater images filmed by divers also show the narco sub below the surface.
In footage taken from a helicopter, boats from the authorities can be seen swarming around the submarine.
In a statement, the Galician local government said: ‘The sub-delegate of the government in Pontevedra, Maica Larriba, flew this morning to the area where the submarine was located, in Vilaxoan, in the Arousa Ria area.
‘It is also following the operations conducted in the port by the Spanish Civil Guard and the National Police. Work by the Maritime Safety and Rescue Society is also ongoing in the area.’
This narc submarine find comes just days after the Colombian Navy seized a 49ft-long submarine with more than 2.6 tons of cocaine and two dead bodies on board in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday.
A 49ft-long narco submarine (pictured) containing £72million of cocaine and two dead bodies was discovered off Colombia on Sunday
When searching it, authorities also found two survivors who were given life-saving medical attention on a nearby ship.
Video footage has captured the moment that officers unload the submarine, laying out a substantial amount of cocaine they had seized.
Colombian authorities trying to unravel the mystery believe that the two crew who died may have been killed by toxic gas inhalation.
Spanish media are reporting that the submarine was one of three seized by Colombian officials – with all alleged to have belonged to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
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