Eating a rather superb breakfast at the hotel early the next morning, I suddenly realised that I could see my destination for that day: the isle of Mykines. Under low grey skies and an ominous sea. It’s a sliver of bright green grass that juts out of the wild sea, the westernmost island and the home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds. Just a handful of people live here, in grass roof homes. The BBC Continue reading Mykines

Case of the mysterious crashed helicopter closed

A Judge has closed the investigation into the mysterious crashed helicopter that appeared in Níjar earlier this year saying that the investigation is open ended and unwarranted. Judge Alejandra Dodero said that since the Guardia Civil were unable to confirm that the helicopter was carrying drugs, or indeed doing anything illegal, the crash probably wasn’t a penal matter. She also said that whilst this should have been an important lead that lead to an investigation Continue reading Case of the mysterious crashed helicopter closed

Mysterious helicopter “probably drug running”

The inhabitants of the tiny hamlet of Fernán Pérez near Nijar woke up Saturday morning to discover a toppled over helicopter in the middle of a field. There is no sign of it having crashed, or who was piloting it. Police have had it sealed off all day and continue to examine the machine. However, sources say that the helicopter was probably carrying a large amount of illicit drugs from Africa, and landed in Nijar Continue reading Mysterious helicopter “probably drug running”

New medical heliport ground broken in Albox

Ground has been broken for the new medical heliport in Albox. It will form part of the 061 emergency service network, and will have connections for ambulances to deliver critical patients to a helicopter for transport to the appropriate hospital. The townhall has helped out by speed tracking local permits, donating the ground and exempting local taxes for the construction.

Junta reinforces fire fighting measures in province

This year is going to be fierce for forest fires, as the drought over the winter means the hills are covered in dry and dead vegetation, and a very hot summer is expected. We’ve already lost more land to fire this year than during all of 2013, and the Junta de Andalucia is expecting that this year could be the worst for a decade for fire. So they’ve leased two new aerial units: a Bell Continue reading Junta reinforces fire fighting measures in province