Man Scales Fence at Busy NJ Port, Boards Cargo Ship

Officials are trying to figure out why Eric Carrero went unchallenged

Thursday, Aug 30, 2012  |  Updated 8:34 PM EDT
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Two shocking security breaches --one at Port Newark, another at an area airport. Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Dienst has more on what happened.

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Two shocking security breaches --one at Port Newark, another at an area airport. Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Dienst has more on what happened.

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An emotionally disturbed man breached security at one of the nation's busiest ports, boarded a ship and was found in the bed of the captain's cabin.

Officials are trying to figure out why Eric Carrero went unchallenged. The Coast Guard said the ship did not have a security plan.

Authorities believe Carrero scaled a barbed-wire-topped six-foot security fence at the Port Newark marine terminal in New Jersey on Wednesday.

A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official says Carrero wandered around before he boarded the Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel "Andromeda Leader," and was discovered in the captain's bed about four hours later.

Carrero is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

It was the second recent security breach at a Port Authority facility. Earlier, a man swam to Kennedy Airport after his personal watercraft ran out of gas.

Port Newark handles more than 600,000 shipping containers annually.

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