One of the 31 people found Saturday morning inside a container at the Port of Tilbury, southern England, has died and two others have been hospitalized with major health problems and another 17 have been treated at the Basildon hospital. In the group of people found there were men, women and children. Not yet reported their nationalities or the circumstances of the find but it looks like it is about people trying to illegally enter the United Kingdom. They were inside a container on a ship that had come from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge to Tilbury, in Essex, at the mouth of the Thames.

The ambulance service was alerted East Anglia at 6:37 am on Saturday and seven ambulances were sent to the port, two rapid response cars, two doctors and a team intervention in hazardous areas.

Essex Police, who is in charge of the investigation, issued a statement in which confirmed that ” 31 people, including adults and children of both genders, were found inside ” the container. “Unfortunately, a man has died and others have significant health problems. They are being treated by the ambulance service equipment and are being transported to local hospitals. ” A spokesman for the Port of Tilbury declined to comment because “it is a matter for the police force and the borders.”

It is not the first time illegal immigrants trying to cross the border into shipping containers, sometimes with tragic results. In 2001, eight refugees, including two children, were found dead in a container at the Irish port of Rosslare, in which there were five other people.

Last year 14 sub-Saharan, between 19 and 23 years, were found in two containers from a ship docked in Ghana. Last January nine men, aged 19 and 48, of Moroccan origin. were found in a container in the port of Barcelona.

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