Bathers on Tubalita beach in the Manilva district of Sabinillas have in the past fortnight become accustomed to a strange phenomenon.
In broad daylight, among bathers and other beach users, a group of around 20 men suddenly start running from the promenade to the water's edge where a small craft is waiting. Instead of unloading cargo, however, these men are loading the boat with fuel cans, before running back to the van which brought them there and fleeing the scene.
According to SUR sources, this is "a very dangerous manoeuvre as these cans can explode at any moment". The same sources say that this activity is linked to the trafficking of hashish from Morocco into Spain and that these operations require a large amount of fuel to be carried out.
One beach user who saw this being carried out said: "They all rush down as quickly as possible, without looking at anything or anyone. The whole thing is over in less than five minutes."