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Libyan 'stowaway' in police custody

A 19-year-old, who secretly boarded a ship off Ghana, has been taken to a Cape Town police station.

A 19-year-old, who secretly boarded a ship off Ghana, has been taken to a Cape Town police station.

CAPE TOWN - The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) on Monday said an alleged Libyan stowaway was taken into police custody.

The 19-year-old man, who secretly boarded a ship off Ghana, was found adrift on a life raft near Robben Island on Sunday night.

It was reported that the Safmarine ship Chachai in Table Bay noticed an unidentified figure launching the life raft from the ship.

The Libyan teenager, who was suffering mild dehydration, was recovered by sea rescue crew.

The NSRI'S Craig Lambinon says, "He's from Libya and he wasn't sure of where the ship was going when he got on board in Ghana. When it got to Cape Town he attempted to use the life raft to get to shore."

In August, a stowaway froze to death on a British Airways plane en route to Heathrow.

The man had scaled the Cape Town International Airport fence and hid in the plane's landing gear.

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