Harwich: Body Found On Beach Was Immigrant

24 March 2014, 15:48 | Updated: 24 March 2014, 15:54

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Police have confirmed that one of two men seen jumping from a ferry off the coast of Harwich was an immigrant who had been refused entry to the UK.

A major search was launched after two men, thought to be Albanians, went overboard from the Stena Britannica ferry off Harwich on 26 February.

A body was found by a member of the public on a beach near Buregate Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, on Thursday (20 March).

Suffolk Police confirmed today that it was that of Leonovid Isufaj, 27, who is believed to have been one of the two men.

His body appeared to have been in the water for some time and he was carrying euros, the force added.

Eleven people were arrested in the Netherlands as part of a "human smuggling'' investigation following the incident.

The Border Force confirmed that 13 people who had arrived at Harwich by ferry had been refused entry to the country.