Attempted Stowaway Caught - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Attempted Stowaway Caught

Published February 10, 2016

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DV / Sigtryggur Ari

Yet another person has been caught attempting to travel by sea in an unconventional manner.

RÚV reports that a man was caught at about 4:00 this morning trying to sneak on board an Eimskip ship at Reykjavík harbour. An announcement from the police states the would-be stowaway was spotted and apprehended by a security guard, who kept watch over him until police arrived. Police took the suspect into custody.

Someone trying to stowaway on a cargo ship is unusual in Iceland. More typically, attempts are made to sneak onto the Norræna ferry, although in the last case on the matter an asylum seeker from Denmark was attempting to get to Iceland by ferry.

A bit further back, an attempt was made to stowaway on a cruise ship, which was also unsuccessful.

In most cases, people in Iceland who attempt to secretly board ships are on their way to Canada. Not everyone is successful in this endeavour.

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