A Colombian man who had hidden in a cargo container aboard a freighter that sailed from his homeland to the port of Miami died and two other stowaways were being sent back to the South American country, an official said Saturday.
The three were found Friday in cargo containers aboard the German-flagged CC Antartico after the vessel arrived in Miami, Patricia Mancha of the Immigration and Naturalization Service said.
"The key to all this is that nobody knew they were there," she said. "The cargo area had no ventilation, air conditioner, bathroom or water. It proved to be fatal for one of the stowaways."
Mancha said a man described as about 30 years old and identified by another stowaway as Hairo Zamora died at Jackson Memorial Hospital on Friday night. He had been found unconscious in one of the ship's airtight containers.
Officials at the Miami-Dade County coroner's office say they will perform an autopsy on Zamora's body.
The other two men, one of whom also was treated at the hospital, were being sent back to Colombia by the company that owned the freighter, Mancha said.