Police in the Netherlands say 25 stowaways have been found on a ferry bound for the UK.
The stowaways were discovered in a refrigerated container on-board the ship a few kilometres after setting sail on Tuesday evening, emergency coordination organisation Rijnmond Veilig said in a statement.
The Britannia Seaways ferry, run by DFDS Seaways, had left Vulcaanhaven in Rotterdam-Vlaardingen and was heading to Felixstowe in England.
Two of the stowaways were taken to hospital for treatment and the remaining 23 were taken to a "police location", Rijnmond Veilig said on its website.
A number of ambulances arrived at the port and sniffer dogs were being used on the ship to search for any other stowaways.
Dutch broadcaster NOS, citing a police spokesperson, reported that the ferry turned around and headed back to Vlaardingen after the discovery.
The ship's crew reported that no one died, according to Rijnmond Veilig.
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