Lucky 13 rescued from sealed container....7 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 07, 2002 - 10:10 AM

A group of asylum-seekers have today been rescued from a sealed container at the Dollands Moor freight yard near to the Channel Tunnel.

Tunnel workers alerted British Transport Police when they heard noises coming from the container full of carpet .

Firefighters were called in to help pull the 13 asylum seekers from the container amid fears they may be suffocating.

All overhead power lines were switched off to enable the rescue operation to continue.

Kent Fire Brigade were quick to react realising the danger following a similar incident in Dover two years ago when a group of Chinese immigrants died.