Smugglers With a Heart


This Spanish police picture shows a speedboat surrounded by bundles of drugs packages, after a police high-speed chase with smugglers off Malaga. Photograph: Spanish Guardia Civil/AFP via Getty Images.

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,, 10-4-19)

(c) 2019 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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