Stowaway found on ferry from Germany seeks asylum
A stowaway was discovered aboard a ferry from Germany in Helsinki's West Harbour early on Friday morning. The man had hid himself in a semi-trailer on the car deck of a Tallink Superfast ferry .
According to the Border Guard Service, the stowaway sought asylum in Finland on Friday, and he has since been transferred to a refugee reception centre.
The man may have been in hiding inside the truck trailer for several days. The Superfast vessel came from Rostock, Germany, from where the crossing over to Finland takes around 24 hours. The trailer's journey, however, had begun in Southern Europe.
The man, who was travelling alone, was found after a tip-off. Initially he was taken to hospital to be treated for dehydration, but was discharged in the afternoon. No passport was discovered in the man's possession, but he announced he was a Kurd from Iran.
According to the Border Guard's initial investigation, this is feasible. "He was dehydrated and stiff. The signs of exertion were plain to see", said Ville Koskinen, head of the West Harbour Border Guard Unit.
Koskinen was one of the men looking for the stowaway at six o'clock on Friday morning. The tired man had been in hiding in an extremely cramped space at the back of a fully loaded semi-trailer without water, food, or a sleeping bag. According to Koskinen such incidents are extremely rare. Stowaways are not found on ships, even on a yearly basis.