Spanish police found two migrants crammed into tiny hiding spaces in a car — including under the hood — near the Moroccan border on Sunday, the latest example of extreme and potentially deadly risks taken by people flooding into Europe amid the continent’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II.
A Civil Guard photo taken after the traffic stop shows one of the migrants stuffed behind the car’s engine. The man was suffering from severe dehydration and lack of oxygen, NBC News' U.K. partner ITV reported.
A second man was found under the car’s back seats, suffering from the same ailments.
Both men are believed to be from Guinea, ITV reported. They were discovered during a roadside inspection in the Spanish territory of Ceuta. They were taken to a hospital for treatment.
The driver and a passenger, both Moroccan nationals, were arrested, ITV reported.
European countries are struggling to deal with the migrant crisis, triggered by people fleeing war, poverty and persecution in Africa and the Middle East. They’re arriving by car, train, truck, boat and foot. Thousands have died on the way.
Last week, 71 people were found dead in the back of a struck abandoned by smugglers in Austria.