Four suspected drug smugglers rescue police officers in the sea

Four suspected drug smugglers rescue police officers in the sea

Dramatic moment four suspected drug smugglers rescue police officers who fell into the sea when their boats collided during a high-speed chase near Malaga

  • The men saved the Civil Guard crew in the Mediterranean following a crash
  • They were ordered to help out by another Civil Guard officer using a megaphone
  • Three tons of cannabis resin was seized from their boat and the sea

Four suspected drug smugglers who helped rescue three police officers who fell into the sea during a high-speed chase have been arrested.

The men saved the Civil Guard crew in the Mediterranean following a collision off the Costa del Sol holiday resort of Mijas near Malaga.

They were ordered to help out by another Civil Guard officer using a megaphone from a chasing police helicopter.

The four suspects were held and three tons of cannabis resin was seized from their boat and the sea 

After pulling the three police officers to safety, the four suspects were held and three tons of cannabis resin was seized from their boat and the sea.

Dramatic footage showing the rescue after the collision between the Civil Guard boat, normally stationed in Spain’s north African enclave, and the smugglers’ vessel was released today.

A spokesman for the Civil Guard said: ‘The Civil Guard has carried out an operation against drug smuggling opposite the coast of Mijas during which four people were arrested and more than 80 bundles of cannabis resin that had fallen into the sea seized.

‘The operation took place on Thursday morning when a vessel belonging to Ceuta’s Provincial Maritime Service was chasing a semi-rigid speedboat with four occupants believed to be carrying drugs.

‘During the chase both boats collided and the three Civil Guard officers ended up in the sea with their vessel continuing to spin dangerously out of control.

The men saved the Civil Guard crew in the Mediterranean following a collision off the Costa del Sol holiday resort of Mijas near Malaga

They were ordered to help out by another Civil Guard officer using a megaphone from a chasing police helicopter

‘The crew of a police helicopter which had been assisting in the chase ordered the crew of the other vessel to help them when they saw the danger they were in, and they ended up rescuing them unharmed.

‘The four occupants of the boat were arrested on suspicion of drugs smuggling and the 80 bundles containing around three tonnes of cannabis resin confiscated.’

The nationality of the four suspects has not been made public. The drugs had come from Morocco and were due to be offloaded on the Costa del Sol for distribution in Spain and possibly other parts of Europe.

Spain’s proximity to Morocco has helped make it the gateway into Europe for cannabis.

The drugs had come from Morocco and were due to be offloaded on the Costa del Sol

Last month footage emerged of a group of smugglers taking over a beach near the Costa del Sol resort of Estepona in broad daylight to transport cannabis resin from a speedboat to a 4×4 parked by the shoreline.

The gang of men, who threatened to kill witnesses if they alerted police, took less than three minutes to make the transfer and their getaway from the beach.

One sun-seeker in black swimming trunks and a white cap could be seen looking on from a few feet away as the incredible scene unfolded before his eyes.

The men filmed running from the boat to the 4×4 and dumping the drugs into the back almost stumbled over two groups of sunbathers lying on towels on the sand as they sprinted between them with the bags of cannabis resin on their shoulders to reach the car.

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