An estimated 30 men, believed to be mostly sub-Saharan Africans, were filmed sprinting away from the rickety wooden vessel after crossing undetected from Morocco to Europe.
The beach they reached – a picture-postcard stretch of sand called Germans Beach near the trendy windswept resort of Tarifa in southern Spain – is just below M25 road rage killer Kenny Noye’s Spanish hideaway.
The notorious criminal is expected to return to the mansion following his jail release which may be as little as two years away after it emerged he was being moved to an open prison.
The surreal scene sparked by the refugees’ arrival played itself out at about 2pm yesterday afternoon as sun seekers enjoyed one of the hottest days of the summer so far.
Police union chiefs claimed Civil Guard had been powerless to stop the beach drop because a lack of resources meant only one officer had been in the area at the time.
Local reports said most of the men were Moroccan, although video footage taken by tourists appeared to show the majority were sub-Saharan Africans.
Their whereabouts today is not immediately clear.
The numbers of refugees reaching the coast of Spain’s southern Andalucia region by boat has rocketed in recent months.
Earlier this year it emerged the number of migrants reaching the province of Malaga in the first six months of 2017 – 749 – had almost equalled the number for the whole of the previous year.Yesterday’s incident came just hours after another 15 migrants on two boats were rescued in the Mediterranean in the eight-mile stretch of water that separates southern Spain from Morocco.
Noye’s old home – a sprawling property surrounded by Atlantic pines and palm trees set around two swimming pools – has been empty since his dramatic 1998 arrest and extradition over the 1996 road rage murder of 21-year-old Stephen Cameron.