Dutch authorities have discovered 25 migrants stowed away inside a refrigerated container on a ferry bound for England. The ferry, Britannia Seaways, run by DFDS Seaways, had left the port in Vlaardingen bound for Felixstowe, Suffolk but returned immediately after discovering the people on board. The ship was met by 20 ambulances, and two of the migrants were taken to hospital to be checked for hypothermia. The other 23 received a medical check-up in the port before being processed by police, according to a statement from emergency services. The origins of the migrants are currently unknown, but reports suggest most of them are male.
Sniffer dogs searched the premises of the vessel on its return to Vlaardingen in case there were any further persons.
The discovery of the 25 migrants comes nearly a month after 39 bodies were found in the back of a refrigerated freight truck close to London in October. The lorry had originally left mainland Europe on a ferry from the port town of Zeebrugge, in Belgium. So far,2 people have been charged in Britain and eight in Vietnam over the deaths. Asked about the security of the containers, the spokesperson told the security was “very tight” but the incident would be reviewed.
“We have surveillance and regular checks of the trailers. It’s a mystery to us. We have good cooperation with authorities at all of our ports, but we have to realise that sometimes migrants do succeed in getting through,” they said.