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Authorities find four stowaways in shipping container at Port of Montreal

The four men taken to hospital were suffering from dehydration, while two of the four also had difficulty breathing


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Border agents found the four stowaways while searching a container a container at the Quebec port. PHOTO: Port of Montreal

MONTREAL—Four men found in a shipping container at the Port of Montreal were dehydrated and likely had been in the storage unit for many days, authorities said July 20.

Stephane Smith, a spokesman for the Urgences Sante ambulance service, said two of the men had difficulty breathing.

“Many days, the exact number, I don’t know, but we’re talking many, many days,” Smith said in an interview.

The four, who are aged between 30 and 40, were transported to a local hospital to receive medical assistance.

RCMP Const. Erique Gasse said the four will be under the supervision of the Canada Border Services Agency, while the Mounties will conduct an investigation into the discovery.

Border agents found the four while searching a container.

“As this is still under review by the CBSA, and for privacy reasons, we cannot give more information,” the CBSA said in a statement.


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