Border officers discovered 21 suspected illegal Albanian immigrants on a ship carrying turbine parts from
The vessel was held off the coastline before its arrival at Great Yarmouth Port, Norfolk, on Wednesday.
Border Force officers identified the stowaways on board who all presented as Albanian nationals.
Border Force was alerted to the vessel in the early hours of Tuesday while it was anchored five miles from the port. A Border Froce boat is pictured above [File photo]
The 19 men and two minors will be dealt with in line with immigration rules.
The migrants allegedly hid inside one of the wind turbines, and the crew on board – said to number just ten – made ‘panicked radio calls’ to authorities when they were discovered, The Sun reported.
It is believed the migrants, who asked the crews for food and cigarettes after they were discovered, had hidden in the wind farm equipment before it was loaded onto the vessel in Bilbao, Spain.
They were discovered as the Dutch-registered ship approached the British coast on Tuesday, but a harbour pilot preparing to guide it into port reportedly decided it was too dangerous after seeing the migrants on deck.
The vessel finally docked on Wednesday afternoon.
A spokesman for Peel Ports, which operates the port, said: ‘We can confirm that stowaways have been identified on board the Rotra Mare heading for the Port of Great Yarmouth.’
Border Force was alerted to the vessel in the early hours of Tuesday while it was anchored five miles from the port.
Officers met the ship when it berthed at the port on Wednesday afternoon.
They worked together with Norfolk Police, the Coastguard, the Great Yarmouth Port Harbour Master and the vessel’s agent to deal with the discovery.
The vessel was held off the Norfolk coast before its arrival at Great Yarmouth Port, Norfolk, on Wednesday. Border Force officers identified 21 stowaways on board who all presented as Albanian nationals. The Great Yarmouth quayside is pictured above [File photo]