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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Stowaways on military cargo ships...

A possible terrorist link gets looked at as stowaways found on a ship carrying military cargo in the port of Beaumont, Texas (and it's not the first such incident):
KFDM News has learned two foreign nationals are in custody Tuesday night after they were found hiding on a ship that was carrying military equipment to the Port of Beaumont.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit says the Alaskan ship owned by Tote was headed into the port, however the stowaways were discovered and taken into custody before the vessel entered the Sabine-Neches waterway.

Investigators tell us they were taking no chances and that's why they searched the suspected ship Monday night.

About two weeks ago, the ship's crew found two Ethiopian stowaways from Djibouti.
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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, including the swat team, as well as Beaumont police and port police and the Coast Guard were looking for other stowaways, but they did not find any other people hiding and no weapons were found.

Investigators say the two men now in custody approached crew members on the ship asking for food and water.

That's when authorities were notified. Coast Guard officers say the men remain in custody for questioning and the area is secure.
On the other hand,
Military investigators tell us they will continue questioning the men. They say it's quite possible the stowaways were just trying to get out of their country seeking a better way of life here in the United States.

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