15-Year-Old Boy Sneaks Into Shipping Container While Playing Hide-and-Seek… And Is Found Six Days Later In Another Country
- A teenager falls asleep in a container and wakes up on the other side of the ocean
- The youngster woke up 2,000 miles away after falling asleep during a game
- Malaysian authorities arrange to send Fahim home on same boat
A 15-year-old boy was found exhausted but safe after falling asleep in a shipping container and waking up six days later 2,000 miles from where he started.
The young man got stuck in the container while playing hide and seek with friends in Chittagong, Bangladesh on January 11.
After falling asleep, he was locked in the container and sailed with the container ship Integra through the Indian Ocean the following day.
He was found by Malaysian port staff and police in Port Klang nearly a week later on January 17, exhausted, dehydrated and crying for food.
The boy, identified only as Fahim, was found with a fever and taken to nearby Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital for treatment, where his condition has since been described as stable.
The moment police freed a young boy after spending five days locked in a shipping container as he crossed the Indian Ocean nearly 2,000 miles from Bangladesh to Malaysia in January
Fahim was discovered after a staff member heard a knock on one of the containers.
The Marine Police Force, the local immigration department and the health department came to investigate.
Fahim was filmed getting out of the checkout surrounded by staff and local authorities.
In the video, he is clearly dehydrated and confused, and unable to speak the local language.
He speaks to appear to the locals before being placed on a stretcher, scratched and covered with a blanket.
Fahim is then taken to the hospital, where he remains for the time being.
Police in Port Klang, Malaysia released the boy after a worker heard a knocking sound while inspecting the container on January 17
Video footage from when the boy – named Fahim – was released shows him blinking in the sunlight and looking exhausted and unsteady
Authorities initially feared that Fahim was a victim of human trafficking, but were soon able to contact the boy, who is recovering.
Deputy Police Commissioner Cha Hoong Fong said, “There was no foul play in the incident.”
Interior Minister Saifuddin Nasution bin Ismail told local media: “When the ship arrived at West Port and the container was unloaded, the authorities found the boy inside.
“He is the only one found inside the container. A police report has been filed and the boy, who has a fever, has been taken for a medical examination.
“We are now in the process of repatriating him.
“We don’t link this to human trafficking, as initial investigation revealed he entered the container, fell asleep and (was transported to) Malaysia.”
Police added that Fahim’s case had been passed on to immigration officials so that he could be sent home on the same ship.