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Scores of Migrants Found Crammed Into Shipping Containers Near London

The 68 migrants — found at Harwich International Port in Essex, England — included two pregnant women and 15 children. Four truck drivers have reportedly been arrested.
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At least 68 migrants  — including two pregnant women — have been discovered packed into shipping containers at a port near London.

The East of England Ambulance Service said they had been called just after 10pm on Thursday night, amid reports of the discovery at Harwich International Port in Essex.


It is believed that the migrants were spread between four separate trucks, and four Polish truck drivers have since been arrested, according to the London Evening Standard.

Seven patients taken to hospital after 999 call to Essex port — EEAST Ambulance (@EastEnglandAmb)June 5, 2015

In a statement, the ambulance service said the migrants were feeling faint and were suffering from abdominal and chest pains. Seven people — including both pregnant women — were taken to Colchester General Hospital.

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However, none are believed to be in a life-threatening or serious condition.

NEWS: 68 migrants were on a Stenaline Ferry from Hoek Van Holland to — BBC Essex (@BBCEssex)June 5, 2015

The remaining 61 migrants were turned over to UK border authorities.

Matthew Broad, of the East of England Ambulance Service, told the BBC that Thursday's events had a "similar pattern" to other incidents.

"We have experience of dealing with this in Essex, and one of the things we were concerned about was the length of time they'd been in there," he said.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.