Cornwall

Drugs raid yacht 'carrying £20m of cocaine'

  • 21 June 2013
  • From the section Cornwall
Windrose at Newlyn
Image caption Border Force officers took the Windrose to Newlyn in Cornwall

A yacht where a skipper plunged to his death during a raid by border officials had drugs with a street value of about £20m on board.

The Border Force raided the Windrose on Monday after it was towed into the Isles of Scilly.

The skipper, believed to be a 62-year-old Dutch national, fell from the ship's mast during the raid.

A search of the yacht found 200kgs (440lbs) of what was believed to be cocaine, the Border Force said.

The agency said: "The drugs have now been removed from the Windrose and taken to a secure location for further analysis."

The 11m (36ft) yacht had been towed to the islands on Sunday by the RNLI after the single-handed skipper reported he was suffering from fatigue and his boat's rigging was failing.

The man was airlifted to hospital in Truro but died later from his injuries.

The vessel was then brought to Newlyn in Cornwall.

Devon and Cornwall Police have launched an investigation into the death.

The Border Force said it was co-operating with the police investigation and had referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The IPCC, which investigates public bodies with policing powers, said it would decide if a full investigation was necessary.

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