Dutch police discover 25 migrants inside refrigerated container on ferry heading for UK

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
The migrants were found on the ferry which was en route to the UK (Getty)

Police in the Netherlands have made several arrests after 25 migrants were found in a refrigerated container on a ferry bound for the UK.

The Britannia Seaways ship returned to the port of Vlaardingen, near Rotterdam, after the stowaways were discovered.

Gert Jakobsen, vice president of communications with the ship's operator DFDS, said the migrants were found after they made a hole in the trailer.

A bus with refugees drives away from the DFDS ferry, in the harbour of Vlaardingen (Getty)

The roll on, roll off ferry was not far off the Dutch coast en route to Felixtowe, Suffolk, when the discovery was made at around 5pm on Tuesday.

Mr Jakobsen said police were waiting at the port and the migrants were taken to hospital by ambulance to check for hypothermia.

"We don't know about the checks. Of course, they were not in a very good condition," he said.

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"Unfortunately this is not the first time we have had such a situation. Of course, it's rare they hide in a refrigerated trailer.

"But we do find migrants even though we try to prevent it.”

It is not known the ages or sex of any of the migrants or where they are from.

The incident comes weeks after the bodies of 39 Vietnamese migrants were found in a refrigerated lorry in Essex (PA)

Dutch police said 23 people were transferred to a police station after medical check-ups, while two were receiving extra care in hospital.

Dogs searching for other migrants were still on the ship.

It comes weeks after the bodies of 39 Vietnamese migrants were found in a refrigerated lorry container in Essex after arriving on a ferry from Zeebrugge, Belgium.

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