A boatload of migrants disembarked on a packed Spanish beach and ran up the sand past stunned holidaymakers. Around 30 men were seen sprinting away from the inflatable Zodiac dinghy after crossing undetected from Morocco to Europe.
The men reached a stretch of sand called Germans Beach, near the southern Spanish resort of Tarifa at around 2pm on Wednesday afternoon as sun seekers enjoyed one of the hottest days of the summer so far this year. Police claimed they were powerless to stop the beach drop, in Playa de los Alemanes, as a lack of resources meant only one officer was in the area at the time.
Local reports said most of the men were Moroccan, although video footage taken by tourists appeared to show the majority of the men were sub-Saharan Africans. The whereabouts of the men is now unknown. The numbers of refugees reaching the coast of Spain’s southern Andalucia region by boat has rocketed in recent months.