German was shot on sailboat in port

Arguineguín, Gran Canaria - ©

Arguineguín, Gran Canaria – ©

Guardia Civil officers are investigating the death of a German citizen, around 50 years old, who died on Monday night, after being shot, it is thought, on one of the sailboats anchored next to the Arguineguín quay in the municipality of Mogán. Officials are looking for the weapon and have not ruled out that it may have been a flare gun from the boat, reports La Provincia.

The strange circumstances surrounding the man’s death led to confusion at first as to whether it was a suicide or a homicide. At the moment, investigators say they have not ruled out any possibilities. The coroner’s report on the autopsy is expected to be able to clarify much of what actually happened.

The victim had a wound to his thorax caused by a firearm, having first been thought to have drowned, when the alarm was raised at around 9.30pm on Monday night, according to the initial report from the 112 Coordinating Centre for Emergencies and Security (CECOES) -112.

An investigating court, in San Bartolomé de Tirajana, has decided to keep much of the investigation secret for the moment. A woman of about 30 years of age and also of German nationality, appeared yesterday, and had apparently been present on the sailboat at the time of the incident. Thought to be the deceased man’s partner, she has reportedly told Guardia Civil that it was the deceased himself who fired the gun. Agents are now investigating whether more people were involved in what happened.

The events occurred on a sailboat, sailing under the Swedish flag, that has been anchored next to the Arguineguín quay for about a year. According to reports, the occupants of another sailboat saw the man’s body floating and helped to move him to the dockside in a zodiac, along with the deceased’s partner and one of the occupants of the other boat.

Two ambulances from the Canarian Emergency Service (SUC) were activated by the CECOES-112, as well as Guardia Civil and Local Police. SUC medical personnel attended to the injured man on the dock, although they were only able to confirm his death.

The man’s body, which was without identification, was then placed under guard by the agents present until the arrival of the judicial authority and a removal order, after which he was transferred to the Institute of Legal Medicine, where the autopsy is to be performed.

This highly unusual event in Arguineguín was of course a topic of conversation between neighbors and outsiders in the municipality of Mogán yesterday.

Two occupants of another boat, under a French flag, also anchored in the same area where the events occurred, told reporters that “we only heard a noise, like the explosion of a firecracker, which are so common to hear these days.”

The investigation continues.