immigrants 30. Juli 2018 / 23:20Video Story: Migrants Found Under Lorrys Huge Pile Of Scrap Metal
This is the moment a group of immigrants hidden under piles of scrap metal in the back of a lorry are found and rescued by border guards as they try to enter Europe.
The startling scenes were recorded by border agents in the port of the city of Melilla, a southern city in northern Africa.
In the video, the border agents can be seen helping immigrants who are hidden under huge piles of scrap metal on the back of a lorry.
The immigrants, of North African nationality, can be seen holding their hands out of the mess of scrap metal as the agents pull them out.
Local media are reporting that eight immigrants were found in the back of the lorry in total.
A Spanish Civil Guard spokesman said the immigrants know the movements and routes of the lorries carrying scrap metal, ash and cardboard and get into the vehicles cargo when they are parked.
The immigrants reportedly built small nests in the scrap metal to protect themselves, using doors to protect themselves from the metal.
He added: “This method is very dangerous because of the sharp parts carried by the lorry as it is scrap metal, as well as it weighing a lot and being unstable.
“In addition, once they are under the metal they are in a small place that is very dangerous as they could stay there for hours or even days waiting until the vehicle is fully loaded and then moved to the ship”.
The Spanish Civil Guard use heart-beat detectors and specialised dogs to find hidden immigrants hidden in the lorries.
It is reported that even when the immigrants are initially spotted it can take hours to find the nest where they are hidden as it could be under kilograms of scrap metal.