Three stowaways trapped in container ship hold

18th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

18 May 2005, ALGECIRAS — The bodies of three African stowaways were discovered in a container on board the Danish "Arnold Maersk" ship that sails from Algeciras in southern Spain.

18 May 2005

ALGECIRAS — The bodies of three African stowaways were discovered in a container on board the Danish "Arnold Maersk" ship that sails from Algeciras in southern Spain.

Malaysian ship-owner A.P Moeller-Maersk said in a statement: "Members of the crew discovered a smelly liquid oozing out of one of the ship's containers on 12 May.

"They opened the container that held the bodies of three people who had been dead for some time."

"The crew had no chance of hearing the screams or the sounds that the victims may have made to indicate their presence, since 'Arnold Maersk' is 350 metres (1,148 feet) long and holds some 6,600 containers."

The container in question had come from Agadir in south-western Morocco, where the victims, who were only identified as Africans, are thought to have stowed away about two weeks ago in the hope of reaching Europe.

By the time of their discovery, the bodies were reportedly severely decomposed, as was the clothing and the food and drink the stowaways had with them.

The tragic event was reported to Malaysian authorities when the ship arrived at the port of Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia on 14 May.

According to the Danish Shipowners Association, some 50 stowaways are discovered on board Danish commercial ships each year.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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