Four British residents of Tenerife arrested after taking ‘selfies’ in the exclusion zone
The Guardia Civil has identified and located the people who jumped the security limits of the exclusion zone on the island of La Palma last week to take some 'selfies' just a few metres from the lava flows produced by the volcanic eruption, endangering themselves and the people who had to intercept them.
Among them, are four British residents who arrived by boat from Tenerife and who have been identified and charged for the crime of disobedience, according to LaSexta. They have been described as “Irresponsible people who have endangered their lives and those of their rescuers to take photos next to the Cumbre Vieja volcano and upload them to their social media”.
In the images, they are seen posing for photos without any type of personal protection or masks and in t-shirt and shorts. The Ministry of Health has advised anyone near to the exclusion zone, including school children, to wear FFP2 masks, goggles, peaked caps, and clothing that covers arms and legs due to exposure to ash and sulphur dioxide in the air.
They have also intercepted a boat that exceeded the maritime exclusion zone despite several radio warnings to do so. These behaviours have already been brought to the attention of the Public Prosecutor's Office and the Government Sub-delegation for an alleged crime of disobedience.
The general director of the Guardia Civil, María Gámez, who has visited the agents deployed at the Advanced Command Point located in the municipality of El Paso, has reiterated the need for population cooperation and prudence and the need to comply with the signs for exclusions zones as they are there for a reason to protect the safety of the public, and must be taken seriously.