On Monday morning, eight migrants were rescued from a container in the port of Zeebrugge. This was reported by the Prosecutor’s Office in West Flanders, Bruges District. On the emergency call, victims said two people had nearly passed out, but that they were eventually found in good health.
After the emergency call, the rescue operation began Monday morning. As a result, part of the port’s activity was closed. The container can be located at the end, which releases eight immigrants. After a medical examination, the eight passengers were found to be in relatively good health. According to the Attorney General, there was at least no loss of consciousness at the time of their rescue.
The migrants are said to have boarded the container while it was on a freight train. Together, they entered Zeebrugge by train. These are people from Algeria, Morocco, Libya and Ukraine. A portion of the shipment is found to be damaged.
Serious financial consequences
Remarkably, an almost identical incident actually took place on the eve of Monday, February 22nd. Lawyer Frank Demister said: “These incursions in the port have serious financial consequences for the port itself, because in such cases we are obliged to carry out a rescue operation and to request a halt to some port activities.” The prosecutor’s office fears the problem will continue. “Of course we will do everything in the future as well to prevent such accidents from being fatal.”