14 asylum seekers found in tanker on cross-channel ferry
Seven receiving medical attention, say Port of Dover police
Wednesday 10 July 2013
A "critical incident" was declared at the Port of Dover today after 14 asylum seekers were found in a tanker on board a cross-Channel ferry.
They were discovered on P&O's Spirit of France vessel this morning and seven are receiving medical attention, Port of Dover Police said.
None of those found was in a life-threatening condition and ferry services have not been affected by the alert at the Kent port's Eastern Docks.
A Port of Dover Police spokesman said: "The Port of Dover can confirm that a critical incident is under way concerning 14 asylum seekers found in a tanker on board P&O's Spirit of France.
"Emergency services are at the scene and are dealing with the situation in close co-operation with port staff.
"Seven of the asylum seekers are receiving medical attention but none are currently considered in a life-threatening condition.
"The port is still open and ferry services are currently unaffected."
Kent Fire and Rescue Service later said: "Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called at 8.45am today to assist at an incident in Eastern Docks, Dover, concerning 14 asylum seekers found in a tanker on board P&O's Spirit of France.
"Six fire engines and some specialist equipment have been sent to the scene to assist with rescuing a number of people.
"Kent Police, SECAmb, the Border Control Agency and the HMRC are also in attendance and dealing with the situation in close co-operation with port staff.
"Seven of the asylum seekers are receiving medical attention but none are currently considered to be in a life-threatening condition."
A P&O spokeswoman said the company currently had no comment to make.
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