16 & # 39; Southeast Asian Men & # 39; are found alive in a sealed trailer on the ferry from France to Ireland
16 & # 39; Southeast Asian Men & # 39; are found alive in a sealed trailer on a Stena Line ferry after the crew & # 39; heard knocking & # 39; during the crossing from France to Ireland
- 16 men found in a sealed trailer on a Stena Line ship from Cherbourg to Ireland
- The staff discovered that the men came out of the container after banging
- Men are thought to come from Asia and have been in a container for up to five days
- Men are said to be in relatively good health, although some had not eaten for days
Sixteen men were found alive in a sealed truck traveling from France on board a ferry from Ireland to Ireland.
The men, presumably from Southeast Asia and between 20 and 40 years old, were discovered on Wednesday evening in the sealed trailer aboard a Stena Line ferry from Cherbourg to Rosslare, in Southern Ireland.
The shipping company said the men were found after a staff member heard knocking from the container sometime after 9 p.m.
Sixteen men, presumably from Southeast Asia and between 20 and 40 years old, were discovered in a sealed container on their way to Ireland from Cherbourg, France (photo)
It is thought that the men were locked up in the container for up to five days while he was driving through Belgium before being loaded onto the ferry.
It is said that they are all in good health, although some have not eaten for several days.
A spokesperson for Stena Line said the men were taken to a passenger lounge where they were cared for.
The ship is due to dock Rosslare at around 3.30 pm where it will be met by Gardai and emergency services.
Gardai wants to talk to the truck driver and those in the back of the truck about how they got on board, the Irish mirror reports.
It comes after 39 Vietnamese civilians were found dead in the back of a refrigerated truck in England on October 23.
The men are thought to have been locked up in the container for up to five days while it found its way through Belgium before it was loaded on the ferry, which is expected to arrive in Rosslare around 3.30 pm (photo)
The group of migrants consisted of 31 men and eight women. Ten of them were teenagers and two were only 15 years old.
They are thought to have been transported to the UK via Belgium on a ship from the port of Zeebrugge to Purfleet, in Essex.
The driver of the truck, Mo Robinson, 25, has appeared in court accused of 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy for traffic people, conspiracy to support illegal immigration and money laundering.
Extradition procedures have begun to bring another truck driver, 22-year-old Eamonn Harrison, from Ireland to the UK.
Harrison, of Newry in Co Down, Northern Ireland, appeared at Dublin High Court last week, charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, along with human trafficking and immigration, and was taken into pre-trial detention.
Detectives also hunt Ronan Hughes (40) and his brother Christopher (34), who are said to have links with road freight and shipping, to surrender themselves.
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