US Officials Find Up To 60 Pakistani Stowaways on Cargo Ship
Probably just innocent turnip farmers.
The Ville D’ Aquarius docked at the Port Newark Wednesday morning. (NY Post)
US officials seized cargo today from a ship with goods from India and Egypt. As many as 60 Pakistani stowaways were found on board.
U.S. authorities seized a cargo ship with goods from India and Egypt on Wednesday after hearing what sounded like people stowed away inside a container on the vessel, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
The container was buried beneath others and had not been opened hours after the ship was stopped, said Coast Guard spokesman Charles Rowe said. The ship’s manifest said the container was loaded onto the vessel on June 7 and was carrying machine parts.
At least seven ambulances waited outside Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, where dozens of containers were moved to the dock for inspection. Authorities knocked on the outside of the red, blue or gray containers, listening for noises, and opened and searched them.
The vessel, Villa D’Aquarius, was stopped at 3 a.m. EDT (0700 GMT) at a standard checkpoint for incoming ships, the Ambrose Anchorage below the Verrazano Bridge in New York Harbor, Rowe said.
“The boarding team went aboard for a routine inspection. They heard sounds that were consistent with people being inside a container,” Rowe said.