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Teen Boys Caught Stowaway Reykjavik, Iceland August 28, 2016

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Holland America Line Zuiderdam

Teen Boys Caught Stowaway Reykjavik, Iceland August 28, 2016

Holland America Line Zuiderdam had two teen-age boys try to stowaway while the cruise ship was in Reykjavik, Iceland on Sunday August 28, 2016, according to Paul Fontaine, a journalist from Iceland for the Reykjavík Grapevine.

While the cruise ship was in port from 0800-1700 hours, two boys were witnessed around noon, attempting to break into a restricted area around the ship. They were arrest by local police.

The boys ages 16 and 17, who by Icelandic standards are no longer "boys" once they reach the age of 16, are not required to attend school since 2010. Though, students who are usually 16-20 years of age may attend Upper secondary education free of charge, if they plan to attend a college. Frequently, at age 16 they hold down full-time jobs and may live apart from their parents. Though, legally they don't reach the age of majority until age 18.

The school year began on August 22 and temperatures had begun to fall from their peak in August at an average of high of 13.0°C (55.4°F), only getting colder each week through January. So, these two boys may have been looking to travel the world and work abroad, perhaps in the shipping or fishing industry in warmer climates.

Zuiderdam was on a 29 Night Baltic Adventure & Viking Passage, which embarked on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from Copenhagen, Denmark. Zuiderdam called at Warnemunde, Germany, Tallinn, Estonia, St Petersburg, Russia, Helsinki, Finland, Stockholm, Sweden, Kiel, Germany, Goteborg, Sweden, Helsingborg, Sweden, Copenhagen, Denmark, Bergen, Norway, Akureyri, Iceland, Isafjord, Iceland before arriving at Reykjavik, Iceland.

Zuiderdam then called at Qaqortoq, Greenland, Nanortalik, Greenland, St Johns, Newfoundland, Halifax, Nova Scotia for finishing up at New York City, New York On September 7, 2016 at 0700 hours.

In most cases, people in Iceland who attempt to secretly board ships are on their way to Canada. This isn't an isolated incident, stowaways have been common in recent years, just not usually aboard cruise ships. June 5, 2013, two men thought to be in their 20s or 30s stowed away on a cruise ship in Reykjavik and were caught aboard. They were detained on the cruise ship by security, then taken to port where police officers arrested them.

The two men, one from Morocco and one from Tunisia had been in Iceland for some time, one for a year and a half, the other for three months. They told police they thought the cruise ship was headed to Canada.

Though the cruise ship was not identified, a photo of a Carnival Cruise Line ship was posted with the Reykjavik newspaper article. It's noted, Carnival Legend sailed there in 2013.

We discovered that Icelandic Law Chapter 2 Article 7 of the Law on Foreigners, discovered stowaways may only exit the ship they stowed away in with the permission of the local police. Such permission is not granted except for humanitarian reasons. In June 2015, a man stowed away on Norrona Ferry from Denmark to Iceland. He was kept on board, denied entry and sent back to Denmark.

A 2013 corporation report from Icelandic shipping company EMSKIP mentions "refugees and stowaways" are a risk factor to the company. The risk is real. February 10, 2016 RÚV news reports say a man was caught at about 4:00 trying to sneak on board an Eimskip ship at Reykjavík harbor.

People trying to smuggle themselves onto cargo ships, cruise ships and ferries is not the only smuggling problem police on the island country have to face. September 9, 2015, a couple from the Netherlands boarded Norrona Ferry with their rented RV packed with illegal drugs.

Police found MDNA hidden in food cans, two gas tanks and a spare tire inside the RV, including 209,000 MDMA tablets and 10 kilos (22 lbs) of MDMA powder. The Reykjavík District Court sentenced the 46-year-old man from the Netherlands to eight and a half years in prison.

MDMA is commonly known as ecstasy, E, X or XTC, Mandy or Molly. MDMA is a psychoactive drug used primarily as a recreational drug and is labeled a "date rape drug".

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