Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
This is the moment police snorkelers look for a lockdown breaker who jumped into the sea to escape before hiding in underwater caves on the holiday island of Tenerife.
The incident took place in the municipality of Las Galletas in Tenerife, the largest of the Spanish Canary Islands, and the unnamed man eventually turned himself over to the cops at around 11pm after a day-long search.
According to the Spanish Civil Guard, the man was seen on the streets during COVID-19 lockdown and he ran away from officers when he spotted them.
The man reportedly jumped in the sea and the police saw him repeatedly come to the surface before grabbing hold of a rock for a while and then disappearing.
The Spanish Civil Guard launched a rescue operation involving the Mountain Rescue and Intervention Group (Greim), the Provincial Maritime Service, the Citizen Security Unit (Usecic), the Local Police and the Civil Protection Office, reports said.
The footage shows rescue workers searching for the man around the coastline’s jagged rocks.
According to local media, a woman reported her husband’s disappearance the same day.
The local authorities later confirmed that the woman’s husband was the suspect who had jumped in the sea.
Reports said that the suspect turned up at a Civil Guard station at around 11pm and admitted that he had spent all day hiding in a cave.
The man has been arrested and charged with disobeying the COVID-19 lockdown measures.
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