A lorry has been apprehended by authorities after sixteen individuals were discovered on a ferryboat cruising from France to the Republic of Ireland.
Employees made the discovery during a regular examination on the Stena Line ferry after it departed from Cherbourg, apparently after banging was heard on the side of a sealed trailer shortly prior to 10 am on Thursday.
Stena Line signaled security and migration authorities in Rosslare, where the ferryboat arrived on Thursday afternoon.
The 16 individuals are apparently in good health and were moved from the container to a passenger lounge on the ship.
2 ambulances and several doctors’ cars and patrol cars drove onto the ship’s lorry deck shortly after it docked in south-east Ireland. A big cops and Migration Bureau presence showed up around the port.
As of yet, the citizenship of those included is unknown.
According to authorities, the driver and owners of an articulated lorry were helping them with their inquiries.
A Garda statement said: “An Garda Siochana are now investigating all the scenarios of this occurrence.
” The articulated truck associated with this event has been apprehended. The motorist and the owners of the articulated vehicle are assisting An Garda Siochana with our queries.”
Ian Hampton, Stena Line’s primary people and communications officer, confirmed an employee found the individuals throughout a routine evaluation.
H e said: “During the Stena Horizon’s 9pm sailing from Cherbourg, France, to Rosslare in the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday November 20, among our workers throughout a routine assessment discovered 16 people in a sealed trailer on the car deck.
” All the people are reported to be in good health and have been relocated to a personal guest lounge on the ship where their wellbeing is the focus of our workers.
” Stena Line has informed security and migration officials in Rosslare so as the essential arrangements can be made for the group on the vessel’s arrival in Rosslare.”
Opposition celebration Fianna Fail’s representative on justice Jim O’Callaghan revealed his shock and demanded a complete examination into the incident.
” A full examination should be released into the discovery of as much as 16 individuals being carried in the back of a lorry to Ireland,” he stated. “Human trafficking is a modern kind of slavery and needs to be tackled with fully resourced policing.
” Current occasions reveal unfortunately Ireland is playing a significant part in this crime. These traffickers need to be thoroughly policed so susceptible individuals are safeguarded.”
The occurrence comes just days after a group of 25 individuals were found inside a refrigerated container on board a UK-bound ship just off the coast of the Netherlands.
L ast month, 39 individuals were found dead inside a container in Essex which had actually shown up in the UK through a ferryboat from Zeebrugge, Belgium.