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Boy, 15, sneaks into shipping container during game, falls asleep and wakes up 2,000 miles away


Boy, 15, sneaks into shipping container while playing hide and seek… and is found six days later in a different country

  • Teenager falls asleep in a container and wakes up on the other side of the ocean
  • The young man woke up 2,000 miles away after falling asleep during a game 
  • Malaysian authorities are arranging to send Fahim back home on the 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 found himself stuck in the container during a game of hide and seek with friends in Chittagong, Bangladesh, on 11 January.

After falling asleep, he was locked in the container and sailed with the Integra container ship across the Indian Ocean the next day.

He was found by Malaysian port staff and police in Port Klang nearly a week later, on 17 January, exhausted, dehydrated and crying for food.

The boy, identified only as Fahim, was found with a fever and taken to Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital nearby for treatment, where his condition has since been described as stable. 

The moment police freed a young boy after he spent five days locked in a shipping container as it crossed the Indian Ocean for nearly 2,000 miles from Bangladesh to Malaysia in January

Fahim was discovered after a member of staff heard knocking on one of the containers. 

The Marine Police Force, local immigration department and health department came to investigate.

Fahim was filmed getting out of the crate surrounded by staff and local authorities.

In the video, he is clearly dehydrated and confused, and unable to speak the local language.

He talks to appear to locals before being placed on a stretcher, scratching, and covered with a blanket.

Fahim is then taken to the hospital, where he remains for now.

Police in Port Klang, Malaysia, freed the boy after a worker heard a knocking sound while inspecting the container on 17 January

Video footage of the moment the boy - named Fahim - was freed shows him blinking at the sunlight and appearing to be exhausted and unsteady

Video footage of the moment the boy – named Fahim – was freed shows him blinking at the sunlight and appearing to be exhausted and unsteady

Authorities at first feared Fahim was the victim of human trafficking, but soon managed to communicate with the boy, who is making a recovery. 

Assistant Commissioner of Police Cha Hoong Fong said: ‘There was no foul play in the incident.’

Minister of Home Affairs Saifuddin Nasution bin Ismail told local media: ‘When the vessel arrived at West Port and the container was unloaded, authorities found the boy inside.

‘He is the only one found inside the container. A police report has been lodged and the boy, who has a fever, was taken for a medical examination.

‘We are now in the process of repatriating him.

‘We are not linking this to human trafficking because the initial investigation found that 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 he could be sent back home on the same vessel.


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