Spanish cops detain dozen stowaways on tanker bound for Scotland

Spanish cops have detained a dozen stowaways on a gas tanker bound for Scotland.

Glasgow Live reports how the Policía Naciona l discovered the 12 people, all from Albania, onboard the canal that was transporting windmill elements from Bilbao to the Scottish west coast.

The ship had departed from the Basque port on Monday morning bound for Ferrol in the Spanish vicinity of Galicia some 320 miles away along the coast, which was to be its final stop prior to making the 1,500 mile journey to Scotland.

Spanish newspaper El Diaro said two of the stowaways were discovered by the crew of the gas tanker while it was at sea, around halfway between Bilbao and Ferrol off the Cantabrian coast.

The crew turned the ship back to Spain where cops boarded and discovered the other ten members of the group.

El Diaro adds that two of the stowaways have already been expelled from Spain.

The Spanish port has become a major gateway for migrants trying to go into the UK.

A regular ferry service runs from Bilbao to Southampton.

In 2017 alone, Spanish authorities detected over 3,600 attempts by people trying to sneak onboard the ferry service.

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