Much ridicule has accompanied this afternoon’s mistaken identification by the Canarian Emergency Services of a “crane boat” for a downed Boeing 737 in waters off Gran Canaria. The mistake was rectified almost immediately, with confirmation in minutes, but that has not stopped Spanish and British press and public alike accusing 112 of everything from needing to go to Specsavers to being drunk on duty.
Above are photos showing what the scene looked like at first glance, then one of a close-up that the initial fly-by did not have available. One could say that at least they reacted instantly, and given two fatal bus crashes in the last two weeks on Gran Canaria, and a downed helicopter from a Gran Canaria base with the loss of four out of five lives on board just eight days ago, perhaps jitters are understandable. On this occasion, at least, there is mercifully nothing more than a bit of bruised pride to report.