Belgian sailors ‘terrorised’ Spanish bathers

17th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Belgian Ministry of Defence issues an apology to the Spanish government after it was alleged that its sailors caused havoc in waters close to a popular holiday beach in northwest Spain.

Vigo -- The Belgian Ministry of Defence has issued an apology to the Spanish government after it was alleged that Belgian sailors from the mine-sweeper Lobelia caused havoc in waters close to a popular holiday beach.
 
The Spanish daily Faro de Vigo reported that Belgian sailors from the Lobelia sailed into an area reserved for swimmers aboard high-speed dinghies in Vigo in northwest Spain .

Terrified bathers tried to flee the big waves that were produced by the boats. 

La Voz de Gallicia wrote that the police were called in and it was only two hours later when a Spanish Civil Guard boat arrived on the scene that the errant sea-farers were forced ashore. 

Five of the 15 sailors involved in the incident are reported to be Belgian, seven are Dutch and three are British sailors from HMS Quorn.

Belgian Defence spokeswoman Ingrid Baeck told Het Laatste Nieuws that the swimmers panicked when they saw the boats, as there have been problems in the area recently with youths on jet skis. 

Baeck added the local media has greatly exaggerated the gravity of the incident. 

She also denies that the offending sailors were drunk.

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