Stowaways Discovered in Shipping Freighter Bound for Newark

Authorities believe stowaways are hidden in a container ship in Port Newark that came from the Middle East.

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Authorities are investigating a container ship that entered Newark Port in New Jersey this morning with several stowaways hidden aboard.

The ship, Ville D'Aquarius, was boarded early this morning by the Coast Guard in a random inspection, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger. While knocking on shipping containers during the inspection, the boarding crew heard a "knock back" from a container at the bottom of a stack.

The ship was then escorted into the Newark docks by a Coast Guard vessel at 8:30 a.m. for unloading under the supervision of customs officials and federal authorities.

The Ville D'Aquarius is registered in Mediterranean island of Cyprus, and was loaded in India, according to the Associated Press.

The ship's journey began in the United Arab Emirates and included stops in India, Pakistan, and Egypt before reaching Newark. Its next stop is Norfolk, Virginia, according to the Star-Ledger.

As of noon, officials had checked 40 of 2,000 containers and have yet to unload the containers with the stowaways, according to AP.

Seth Cline is a reporter with U.S. News and World Report. Contact him at scline@usnews.com or follow him on Twitter.