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Stowaways' two weeks of waiting in vain

THREE would-be stowaways spent two weeks watching and waiting at local docks for a chance to board a Japan-bound freighter, only to be seized by police the minute they climbed aboard.

The three family members from southern China's Fujian Province were detained by Wusong Port immigration police.

A middle-aged man surnamed Liu and his wife and brother-in-law were apprehended on a Japan-bound freighter anchored at a dock at the mouth of the Yangtze River last Friday, police said yesterday.

Police had received a tip-off two weeks earlier that three Fujian natives were preparing to sneak aboard a ship to Japan at a local port.

Cui Jian, a port police officer, said they spent hours searching hotels, clubs and bathing houses near the port area on April 11 before focusing on the trio. They had checked into a hostel that morning and suspicions were triggered because of Li's connection to previous stowaway cases, Cui said.

Liu had been repatriated from Japan last November after 17 months working illegally there. He'd stowed away on a ship leaving from a port in southern China. He was also the brother of a stowaway suspect caught at a local port in May 2007, police said.

Police said the three dressed in stevedore uniforms and spent the next two weeks looking for a chance to sneak aboard a freighter.

"They were very alert and patient," Cui said. Before finally climbing on to the "He Yong" freighter, they had tried approaching the vessel on three occasions but had given up when they saw sailors walking by.

When they were caught, the woman told police that they were taking a break and sheltering from the rain. But they confessed after police told them they had been under surveillance.


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