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One person lost his life in Zeebrugge

A person, probably a transmigrant, lost his life in the port of Zeebrugge on Wednesday morning, visibly while trying to get on a roll-on, said the West Flanders prosecutor's office.

The Zeebrugge maritime police were informed of the facts by P&O Ferries around 8:30 a.m. The prosecution, descended on the scene, mandated a medical examiner.

According to initial findings, the victim tried to get on a roll-on truck: when loading several containers, she probably hung on to one of them, before falling and dying instantly.

The victim has not yet been identified. He was probably a transmigrant who hoped to make the clandestine crossing to the United Kingdom. The federal police's DVI (Disaster Victim Identification) was mobilized to identify the man.

Entering a port facility has been considered a criminal offense since mid-June 2016. Effective sentences of up to six months' imprisonment are most often pronounced by the Bruges Criminal Court against repeat offenders.

"Port operations involve many dangers," said prosecutor Frank Demeester. “For this reason, the prosecution and the police ensure that people stay out of the port when they are not authorized to be present there.”

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