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Migrant manThe boat was spotted yesterday off the coast of Punta de Rasca around mid-day with another 116 migrants on board. It was intercepted by the Guardia Civil patrol vessel, Rio Gallo, which escorted it into harbour.

It arrived a few hours later in Los Cristianos where the occupants were taken off to be looked after by the emergency services. Up to eight of the migrants are believed to be young boys.

The adults will be transferred to the holding centre at Hoya Fría outside Santa Cruz to await deportation back to their countries of origin.

Another boat carrying 56 sub-Saharan Africans arrived yesterday morning in El Hierro, bringing the total for the last 72 hours in the Canaries to over 200.

Drowned victim identified.

Posted by dolly diver on March 26, 2008
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The body found floating off the beach at Fañabe last Friday has been identified by Guardia Civil forensic experts as a 29-year-old Lithuanian identified only as Robertas J. who does not have appear to be a resident of Tenerife.

The floating body was found by the Pico Teide sea rescue vessel during an unrelated search for two divers who failed to surface from a dive at Palm Mar near Punta Rasca last Thursday.

The body was identified from fingerprints and shows no signs of foul play.

2 divers missing at Palm Mar

Posted by dolly diver on March 21, 2008
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Statue of the Virgin del CarmenAn intense search is underway in the south of Tenerife for two divers who have disappeared from the area of El Palm Mar, near Punta Rasca in Arona yesterday at around 11am.

The buddy pair, a 46 year old Guardia Civil Sergeant Luis Santamaria, from Seville, but based in Santa Cruz and his diving buddy a Belgian, 33 year old Philip K, who lives in Arona were with a party of ten on an organised dive to explore the seabed and caves in the Palm Mar area. They failed to surface with the rest of their dive group.

Palm Mar cave is one of the South’s most famous dive sites. A reef wall housing a variety of Moray eels leads to a cave at 28m with schools of shrimp and possibility of rays inside. However, strong currents often make it a difficult dive. The cave goes in deep and should not be penetrated without special equipment and cave dive training. It has claimed lives in the past.

A memorial to two lost diversA memorial to two lost divers lies outside the cave entrance as well as a large statue of the Virgin del Carmen, protector of local fishermen.

It is not known at this time if the two divers reported missing yesterday were lost in this cave.

A 50 man emergeny services team continue their search in a four mile radius along the South coast.