Two bodies found off Fuengirola coast

by Lorraine Williamson
bodies found off the coast of Fuengirola

Two bodies were found off the coast of the Málaga municipality of Fuengirola on Tuesday. However, they are in all likelihood not the two men aged 29 and 34 who went missing off Misericordia beach in Malaga. The search for these two missing men continues. 

A boat found two bodies in the sea about eight miles off the coast of Fuengirola on Tuesday. The discovery coincides with the timing of the search for the two friends – of Argentinian origin – who went paddle-surfing on La Misericordia beaches, in Malaga, last Sunday.  

Still missing

At the moment, initial indications from the Guardia Civil judicial police suggest that the bodies found on Tuesday are not those of the two men who disappeared in Malaga. One explanation is that the bodies found now are clothed, while the two men who disappeared on Sunday hardly wore any clothes. The physical features also do not match the detailed description of Manuel and Maxi, aged 29 and 34, who are still missing. 

On Monday at 6.43pm, the paddle surfboard of these missing men was found by a sailboat 15 miles south-east of Malaga. Rescue service Salvamento Maritimo brought the board to Málaga. On Tuesday, the search for the Argentine men continued, with helicopters and boats from the Red Cross and Guardia Civil. Warnings are also still being issued to ships sailing in the area. 

The search area has been specified from the area where the surfboard was found last Monday afternoon, 15 miles south-east of Malaga. It is defined by the drift process. 

The Centro de Tarifa has been coordinating the search since the alert was received around 3.15am on Monday. A private  individual reported to emergency number 112 two friends had wanted to go to watch the sunrise on a paddle surfboard from the Misericordia beach in the morning at around 7.20 am, but had not returned. 

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