Cops Bust Noisy Party Boats In Protected Bay Near Ibiza

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCEN

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This footage shows the 13-hour rave police were called to at a nature reserve near Ibiza as dozens of boats blasted dance music leaving a tourist firm facing a stiff fine.

The incident took place off the coast of Formentera, located just south of Ibiza in the Spanish Balearic Islands when fed-up residents complained about the constant loud music.

Some of the revellers shared videos on social media and footage shows daredevils using flyboards in the sea, and tourists drinking and bopping on the boat decks as loud music blares out.

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Reports said that there were 17 tourist boats in the bay, all enjoying water activities and noisy dance parties.

The Spanish Civil Guard found the vessels off the coast of Cana Saona in protected waters belonging to the Els Freus Marine Reserve.

The nature protection service Seprona has lodged a formal complaint against the charter company, which has not been named but is believed to be based in Ibiza.

The local authorities have warned they will be carrying out regular patrols during the peak summer months and will fine owners of any illegal party boats found in unauthorised areas.

According to reports, the so-called party boats have been banned in Formentera since 2016 and neighbouring Ibiza is planning on doing the same.

If the boats cause damage in the protected area, they can face fines of between 6,000 to 450,000 EUR (5,225 to 392,075 GBP), according to local media.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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