IBIZA cops are hunting for the missing head of a man who was decapitated when a ferry ran over his small inflatable boat.
The victim’s body was found last night and this morning rescue crews began the “very difficult task” of finding the severed head.
The horrific accident happened at the entrance to the port of Ibiza late on Tuesday night.
Maritime rescue said they received two calls at around 11.45pm yesterday from the fast ferry Formentera Direct about a collision.
Diario de Ibiza says one of the maydays came from the fast ferry whilst the other was from a witness who heard a loud crash and screams.
The rescue service alerted two of their boats but the crew on the ferry located the injured person with their own rescue boat.
Shortly afterwards, maritime rescue recovered the dismembered man’s body.
The Civil Guard has opened an investigation but say the man died when his his seven-metre inflatable boat strayed into the path of the ferry and was run over.
There are reports that the small boat had no lights and that a second person – who jumped into the water just before the impact – has been taken to hospital with injuries.
The dead man is yet to be identified but reports suggest he was a 46-year-old Spaniard from Valencia.
Divers with the Special Group for Underwater Activities have travelled to the area this morning.
They say it is going to be a difficult task because of the location and sea conditions.
The rescue authorities have put out an urgent alert urging all sailors to strictly comply with the regulations to prevent collisions on the high seas, stressing that certain vessels must be avoided in maritime channels such as the port of Ibiza.
The fast ferry had 132 passengers and 10 crew members on board and was returning from the Balearic island of Formentera.
No-one was injured.
The islands’ press says the captain and ferry company have mourned the death and conveyed their condolences to the family.
In addition, they are collaborating with the authorities and insurance companies in the investigation to clarify the causes of the accident.