Two Afghan males were arrested after being found in a refrigerator on board a vessel from Cherbourg in France to Dublin.
They were found 20 miles off Start Point in Devon and were rescued by helicopter after the vessel contacted the Falmouth Coastguard to say they had found the two men in their fridge.
The Maritime Coastguard Agency released a statement, which read: “The UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at St Athan assisted in the medevac of two men last night from the Irish Ferry ‘Epsilon’.
“The men, who were severely hypothermic, were taken to Derriford Hospital.”
A Devon and Cornwall Police representative said: “They have been seen by medical staff and their condition is not as serious as originally thought and have made a full recovery.
“The two men have now been arrested and remain in Charles Cross Police Station where they will be cared for before being dealt with by the UK Border Agency in the morning.”
The pair were on the ship for 13 hours and one of whom was unconscious when they were discovered.