12 illegal immigrants arrived at the island of La Palma yesterday (Tuesday, 12th March 2013). They travelled on board a ‘cayuco’ type boat and are reported to have departed 18 days ago from Bakau in Gambia. The Guardia Civil say that most of the illegal immigrants travelling on board the boat are from Gambia although some may be from Senegal and Mail. The boat was spotted by a fisherman on a beach near the La Veta area in Tijarafe, La Palma.
The twelve immigrants are in good health, although two of them had to be treated by medical staff after showing signs of dehydration. The boat, about 12 metres in length, was found to contain empty fuel canisters and two outboard motors. It has now been taken by Marine Rescue to the harbour of Tazacorte.