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Netherlands: 25 migrants from refrigerated container on ferry to England freed


The ship had already left: more than two dozen stowaways were discovered in a refrigerated truck aboard a Danish freight ferry. The truck driver was arrested.

Twenty-five migrants have been found in a refrigerated container on a Danish cargo ferry. Police reported to the Dutch city of Rotterdam on Tuesday night on Twitter that the migrants were discovered in the afternoon. The ship was therefore on the way from the Dutch port of Vlaardingen near Rotterdam in the English Felixstowe, turned after the discovery but around. Detective dogs searched for further persons after returning to Vlaardingen.

The refrigerated container was on a truck and was on, as the Dutch news agency ANP reported. The truck was seized and the driver arrested. At first it was still unclear whether he knew about the migrants.

The spokesman for the Danish shipping company DFDS, Gert Jakobsen, told the German Press Agency that the migrants had been received by the police after their return to the Dutch port. According to the Rotterdam police, 23 of the persons were taken to a police station after the medical examination, two to the hospital for medical treatment.

In October, 39 bodies had been discovered in a refrigerated truck east of London. A ship had previously brought the container from Belgium to England. The victims came from Vietnam. Every year, thousands of migrants are illegally brought to the UK, mainly in trucks or by ships and boats.

Source: spiegel

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