Man breaches N.J. port, found in captain's bed

In this June 27, 2012 file photo, a ship named Ville D'Aquarius is docked at the Port Newark container terminal in Newark, N.J.
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(CBS/AP) NEWARK, N.J. - Officials are investigating how a man they described as emotionally disturbed breached security at one of the nation's busiest ports, boarded a ship and was found in the captain's cabin.

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

A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official says Carrero wandered around unchallenged before he boarded the cargo ship and was discovered in the captain's bed about four hours later.

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A longshoreman had apparently spotted the man hopping a fence around 11 a.m. but assumed Carrero was a colleague and didn't think much of it, sources told CBS Radio station 1010 WINS.

Carrero then told two workers on the ship that he was the captain's nephew when they asked him why he didn't have an ID card around his neck, sources said.

After he was taken into custody, sources said Carrero told officials that he "hated this country and wanted to go to Germany."

Carrero is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

The investigation is ongoing.

It was the second security breach at a Port Authority facility this month. A man swam to John. F. Kennedy International Airport after his personal watercraft ran out of gas in Jamaica Bay.

Daniel Casillo, 31, was charged with criminal trespass after officials said he climbed over an 8-foot-high security fence, crossed two active runways and walked into Terminal 3.

And in June, a cargo ship at Port Newark was the subject of an extensive search by federal authorities after knocking sounds heard during a routine screening prompted suspicions of stowaways. The search turned up nothing.

Port Newark encompasses 180 acres and handles more than 600,000 shipping containers annually.