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Two tanker drivers are in police custody in Kent after an emergency at the Port of Dover in which 15 asylum seekers were heard knocking - in apparent distress, from the inside of a tanker on a cross-channel ferry.
Some of the fifteen people were treated by paramedics at the scene. Two were taken to hospital. They were all were tested for exposure to hazardous substances.
The incident was a chilling reminder of the tragedy at Dover 13 years ago, when 58 asylum seekers were found suffocated in the back of a sealed lorry. David Johns reports.
Fifteen asylum seekers have been found in a tanker onboard P&O's Spirit of France ferry at the Eastern Docks in the Port of Dover. Meridian reporter David Johns spoke to our presenter Amanda Piper about the incident, live from the scene on the afternoon of 11th July 2013.
Fifteen asylum seekers have been found in a tanker at Dover docks.
Emergency services are at the scene and cut those found out of the tanker after hazardous substance was found.
Fifteen asylum seekers have been found hiding in a food tanker in Dover.
Two of them have been hospitalised after it is thought hazardous material was in the tanker.
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Fire engines, police and ambulances are at the docks in Dover after asylum seekers were found in a tanker.
Fifteen asylum seekers were cut out of the tanker and receiving medical treatment at the scene as there is thought to have been hazardous substance in the tanker.
Fifteen asylum seekers were cut out of a tanker at Dover and taken to hospital.
It is thought the tanker contained hazardous substances and emergency services are currently at the scene.
There are delays at the Dover port after fifteen asylum seekers were cut out of a tanker earlier today.
Two have been arrested and taken to hospital to discover whether any hazardous substance was on board.
A critical incident was declared at the Port of Dover today after 15 asylum seekers were found in a tanker on a cross-Channel ferry.
They were discovered on P&O's Spirit of France this morning and two have been taken to hospital amid inquiries to discover whether any hazardous substance was on board.
None of those found in the tanker was in a life-threatening condition, and two drivers have been held in custody, a Port of Dover Police spokeswoman said.
Fire engines and ambulances are next to the Spirit of France ferry on which fifteen immigrants were found in a tanker this morning.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service said it was called to deal with incident at about 8.45am.
Fifteen asylum seekers have been found in a tanker on P&O's Spirit of France this morning.
Two have been taken to hospital after fears there was hazardous substance on board.