High-speed boat stranded on Deserta Island was seized

This type of high-speed craft is often used by drug traffickers

A high-speed vessel that ran aground, with no crew on board, in a surf zone on Deserta Island, off the coast of Faro, was yesterday detected and apprehended by the Maritime Police.

Following an alert received around 14:00 pm, through a person who was nearby, reporting the presence of an overturned vessel that had run aground in a surf zone, elements of the local Command of the Maritime Police of Faro.

Upon arrival, "it was found that it was a high-speed vessel, allegedly abandoned and without crew on board, and it was not possible to remove the vessel due to the weather conditions that were felt", explains the National Maritime Authority.

Only this afternoon the vessel was removed and taken to the port of Faro, with the support of elements of the Captaincy of the Port of Faro, the Quarteira Lifeguard Station, the Olhão Lifeguard Station and the Maritime Police Forensic Diving Group.

The local command of the Maritime Police of Faro took care of the occurrence.

This type of high-speed craft is often used by drug traffickers, especially to carry narcotics from larger vessels in international waters to the Algarve coast.

In recent months, several vessels of this type have been detected by the authorities, in trafficking operations in drift or in other dubious situations, on the Algarve coast.