The Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC MP has passed his condolences to the Spanish Ministers for the Interior and Hacienda in respect of the death of an operative of an Aduana’s helicopter. Mr Picardo has also sent best wishes for a speedy recovery to the two other operators of the aircraft who were injured in the incident in the early hours of this morning. The Chief Minister has asked that the sentiments, expressed on behalf of the People of Gibraltar, should be communicated to the families of the officers in question.
The incident appears to have arisen in the context of a chase of a vessel involved in the trafficking of drugs from North Africa to Spain.
The Chief Minister said: “The fight against the evil of drug trafficking involves us all. All relevant jurisdictions are partners in this fight. The Royal Gibraltar Police and HM Customs play a vital role in this fight also and will continue to work closely with their partner agencies in Spain and around the world against this global scourage.”