The Dutch authorities said Tuesday that they had stowed 25 migrants in a refrigerated container on a ferry to the UK. The ferry Britannia Seaways, owned by the Danish operator DFDS, left the Netherlands on Tuesday and quickly turned to the Dutch port of Vlaardingen after the migrants had made a hole in a trailer, the shipping company said in a statement.
"Policemen entered the ship from a police boat that hit them as soon as Britannia entered the ship," said DFDS.
The ship was on its way to Felixstowe in southern England. Two of the migrants were taken to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia. Their conditions were unknown.
The others were medically treated at the port and taken to a police station, emergency response coordinator Rijnmond Veilig said in a statement. It was not clear where the migrants came from or how they came aboard the ship.
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A police dog was used to comb the ship for other migrants, but found none, the group said.
The discovery comes weeks after 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in a refrigerated truck near London. Two people in the UK and eight in Vietnam have died.