A Bangladeshi man trapped for nine days in a shipping container was recovering in a Singapore hospital after being found with a co-worker’s corpse, police and media reports said Wednesday.
Chittagong, Bangladesh port worker Din Islam, 30, was discovered on Sunday inside the container at Singapore’s bustling Pasir Panjang Terminal, next to another man who was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
“Investigations indicate that both men are believed to be port workers from Bangladesh who were trapped inside the container by accident while they were taking a rest,” a Singapore police spokesman said.
Popular Singapore tabloid The New Paper said Din and the decomposing body of the fellow worker, whom he identified as Alamgir, were discovered after a trailer driver heard the survivor banging on the walls of the container.
The two had entered the container to take a nap after having dinner and a smoke midway through their 12-hour night shift on April 1, the daily said.
“Then we just slept and we didn’t know that the container had been picked up and transported onto the ship. By the time we woke up, we were probably already on the ship,” Din was quoted by the New Paper as saying on his hospital bed.
He said his colleague, whom he estimated to be 40 years old, collapsed and died after a few days in the container, with nothing but a pack of cigarettes between them.