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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

5 boats abandoned to their fate off Formentera

En la zona de ses Pesqueres Altes, en s’Estufador, hay pateras abandonadas que llegaron en septiembre de 2021, así como un motor y bidones de gasolina entre restos de fibra de las barcas

Since the arrival of small boats to the coast of Formentera on a regular basis, some of them have been abandoned to their fate at different points along the coast of Formentera, especially where access by land and even by sea is more complicated.

Restos De Una Patera En Las Rocas En La Zona De S'Estufador.Remains of a small boat on the rocks in the area of s’Estufador. Mikel Garabain

Since 2021, at least, the collective ‘Qué Celeste’, whose volunteers are dedicated to cleaning the roughest coastline of Formentera, has been condemning the situation with photographs and comments on social networks but they have also recovered some of the remains they have found.

Un Bidón De Gasolina Abandonado Procedente De Una Patera.An abandoned jerry can from a skiff. Mikel Garabain

The fact is that the small boats that easily reach accessible areas, such as beaches, are removed and towed by boat either by the Guardia Civil del Mar or by the Special Group of Underwater Activities (GEAS). From land the cleaning services of the Consell de Formentera have also collaborated in these tasks.

Patera Volcada Que Llegó El Sábado 9 De Septiembre A Sa Cala.Overturned skiff that arrived on Saturday September 9 to sa Cala. Mikel Garabain

From this institution it was assured yesterday that “we are in contact with the Guardia Civil and collaborate in the removal of these boats and the remains that are left along the coast”.

State responsible for removal of the boats

Meanwhile, sources from the Government Delegation in the Balearic Islands acknowledged to Diario de Ibiza that “the removal of these vessels is the responsibility of the State” . The protocol they follow is that those that arrive to Formentera “are taken to the port of Ibiza to manage their subsequent destruction, in the hands of the Port Authority”, they also indicated. Another issue is the time they can invest in this process, which also involves administrative management.

Motor De Una Patera Abandonado Entre Las Rocas En La Zona De S'EstufadorMotor of a skiff abandoned among the rocks in the area of s’Estufador Mikel Garabain

For the full article, please visit Diario de Ibiza website here.

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