Stowaways were caught at the Wando Terminal in Charleston. A large cargo vessel entered the Charleston Harbor Saturday afternoon. Soon after, two men were caught running from a tarp-covered container. Reports say the men were speculated to have hid themselves in the container from the Caribbean with just Gatorade and snacks.
Area Port Director with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Robert Fencel spoke with WCIV: “This did not look like a well-planned, organized attempt to enter the United States illegally.”
Border patrol officers, port security, and the Coast Guard assisted in catching the stowaways. A third man was found dead in the container. Authorities say he was a victim of the high heat . The other two men were dehydrated and taken to East Cooper Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant. No word on why they risked their lives to be shipped to Charleston.