One dead after 35 people found in container in Britain

By Accidents

One man has died after 35 people ("adults and children of both genders") were discovered in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks in Essex.

The people, presumed to be illegal immigrants, were found on Saturday while dockworkers were unloading a freighter, Norstream, at about 6:37 a.m. BST. The freighter had arrived from Zeebrugge (Belgium).

According to Supt Trevor Roe of Essex Police the workers had heard "screaming and banging" from inside a container. The people are believed to be from the Indian subcontinent. The survivors have been taken to three local hospitals suffering severe dehydration and hypothermia and have been said to recover "fairly quickly." Mr Roe confirmed they were being held under immigration powers.

A homicide investigation have been launched by the Essex Police. They are working in a cooperation with their counterparts in Belgium. Fifty more containers unloaded from Norstream have been searched, but no people were discovered inside.

According to the Belgian police, CCTV footage has captured the lorry which delivered the container in Zeebrugge but still there is no information about the origin of the containers.

Norstream (IMO number 9186194 and MMSI 244396000) is a ro-ro cargo vessel built in 1999. The Dutch-flagged vessel had 64 containers on board. It is a P&O freight ship.

Norstream (IMO number 9186194 and MMSI 244396000)