The boat that the illegal immigrants had arrived on.

The National Police in Minorca have arrested eight illegal immigrants who arrived on the island in a small boat in the early hours of Thursday morning.

After the abandoned boat was discovered a major search was mounted and a number of National Police patrols located six of illegal immigrants in Mahon while another two were caught in Ciutadella. The two were detained in Ciutadella as they were about top board a ferry to Barcelona carrying forged documents.

All eight are now in police custody and tomorrow they will be transferred to a holding centre on the mainland before being processed and eventually deported back to their country of origin.