BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - Ten stowaways from the Dominican Republic got a nasty surprise when the barge they were hidden on docked at a port in Alabama — the cold.
The young men ran into woods when the barge docked at Port Chickasaw, said Virginia Dabbs, spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in New Orleans, on Friday.
But they had been spotted from the tug boat that was pulling the barge and an all-night search involving border control officers ensued. They were found early Thursday morning huddled in a container yard.
Wearing only summer clothes, they were half frozen after a night outside in the cold snap that has hit the Deep South.
All were hospitalized with hypothermia and once they all recover they will be deported, Dabbs said.
Reporting by Verna Gates, editing by Matthew Bigg