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Boy found in another country after hide and seek goes wrong: ‘Trapped for 6 days’

A young boy ended up in another country after hiding in a shipping container.

A young man found himself more than 3000 kilometres from home after a game of hide and seek took a dangerous turn.

The boy snuck into a shipping container while playing hide and seek and was found six days later after it had crossed the Indian Ocean for 3200km before being reunited with his family.

Police in Port Klang, Malaysia, freed the boy after a worker heard a knocking sound while inspecting the container on January 17.

A composite image of the young boy Fahim exiting the shipping container he was trapped in for six days after playing a game of hide and seek.
Fahim was playing a game of hide and seek with friends when he was trapped in a shipping container. Source: CEN

Video footage of the moment the boy – named Fahim – was freed shows him blinking at the sunlight and appeared to be exhausted and unsteady.

While trapped Fahim had no access to food or water, and could be seen limping out of the container covered in dust, before wobbling on his feet and sitting down in the doorway.

The container ship Integra had departed from Chittagong, Bangladesh, on January 12.

Fahim told police he had gone inside the container while playing hide-and-seek with friends, where he fell asleep, and had accidentally been locked in.

When he was found he had a fever as a result of the ordeal and was taken to Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang for treatment. He was last reported to be in stable condition.

Photo shows a child, known as Fahim, (right) who is believed to be from Chittagong, Bangladesh, and have been rescued from a container in West Port Klang, Selangor, Malaysia, on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. The boy said that he was playing around with his friends in the container back in Chittagong when he fell asleep and found himself locked inside. (@saifnasution/CEN)
The young boy, known as Fahim, was reunited with his family after his six day ordeal. Source: @saifnasution/CEN

"There was no foul play in the incident,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Cha Hoong Fong said.

Malaysian Interior Minister Saifuddin Nasution made a tweet announcing that the boy had been reunited with his family.

"Remember the child from Bangladesh found in a container in Port Klang?” he said.

"His name is Md Ratul Islam Fahim, I just call him Fahim. For six days Fahim was trapped in a container that departed from the port in Bangladesh without eating and drinking, it was a miracle that Fahim could be saved."

He added that the boy has now been reunited with his family and he ruled out human trafficking.

"We are not linking this to human trafficking, because the initial investigation found that he entered the container, fell asleep, and (was transported to) Malaysia,” he said.


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