Maritime hot pursuit through British Gibraltar Territorial Waters
Gibraltar - At approximately 0715hrs on Saturday 20th May 2017 Spanish law enforcement maritime patrols, including an SVA helicopter entered British Gibraltar Territorial Waters in hot pursuit of a fast RHIB launched suspected to be involved in drug trafficking.
They were joined by Gibraltarian law enforcement patrols as the chase took the vessels and helicopter across the bay of Gibraltar crisscrossing past tankers anchored in the bay. The chase past some 50m from the British Royal Naval base of Gibraltar as it headed into the east side of the Rock.
The chase had originated in the area close to the Spanish Cepsa refinery in the outskirts of La Linea before entering British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.
Maritime patrol vessels from HM Customs Gibraltar, RGP were involved in the chase alongside Spanish state vessels from the Guardia Civil and Aduana.
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