A statement that the police boat “span out of control” is a perfect error modeled on the “begin-began-begun” pattern, eminently forgivable in an article sourced from a non-English news agency.
My real reason for blogging this article is admiration for the smugglers who rescued their pursuers. It didn’t save them from jail, but I hope the three officers they pulled from the drink made sure they had a good meal that evening.
(“Spanish police plucked from ocean by drugs smugglers they were chasing,” Agence-France Presse, theguardian.com, 10-4-19)
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