Gran Canaria: Tug boat mistaken for plane crash

Pic of vessel An image of the vessel on photographer Javi Celard's camera shows how the confusion occurred

A tug boat ferrying a large object at sea sparked an alert off the Spanish Island of Gran Canaria after being mistaken for a crashed plane.

Local media said a plane had plunged into the sea close to the island and rescue services were sent to the scene.

But the Spanish authorities quickly revealed the alert was a false alarm.

Pictures of a tug boat taken from the shore showed a large structure that at a distance resembled an aircraft's fuselage.

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