Stowaway's deadly shipping container journey

Last updated 07:17 17/08/2014

A man is dead and several others ill after they stowed away in a shipping container headed for a British port. Gavino Garay reports.

Relevant offers


Workers wield sledgehammers to tear down Calais refugee 'Jungle' NZ free trade agreement with the EU up for debate Volcano 'explodes' in Alaska, alert level raised Christian-owned bakery loses discrimination ruling over refusal to make 'gay cakes' Man confesses to rape and murder of 4-year-old on live TV Plane crashes on takeoff at Malta airport, five aboard killed British politician John Rees-Evans apologises for claim that a gay donkey tried to rape his stallion Shakespeare's Henry VI co-author finally gets a writing credit, 400 years on France rumbles 'The Jungle': Fear and questions hang over doomed migrant camp Iceland braces for a Pirate Party takeover, as Western politics continues 2016 shake-up

A man has died after 35 people, including several children, were found inside a shipping container being unloaded at a dock in eastern England.

Two of the group, believed to be from the Indian sub-continent, were taken to hospital in serious but not life-threatening condition, while others were treated for dehydration and hypothermia.

The container was being unloaded at Tilbury docks in Essex from a ferry that had arrived from Zeebrugge, Belgium.

Essex police said that for the time being they were treating the incident as a homicide investigation.

"As a result of the ferry docking, staff at the port became aware of screaming and banging coming from the container," Superintendent Trevor Roe told reporters.

An East of England Ambulance spokesman added: "It was a very difficult scene for our first crews there."

Port staff were busy searching other containers from the ferry in case there were more people inside.

No further details were immediately available of how long the group had been inside the container or where they had entered it.

Tilbury, on the River Thames, is primarily a bulk cargo and container port and not such a prime target for illegal immigrants as those on the south coast, such as Dover.

Immigration and health authorities were helping the investigation, police said.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content