One hundred and twenty-three migrants were rescued in the Pas-de-Calas Strait on Monday 12 July when they tried to cross the Channel on several makeshift boats to reach England, the Maritime Province announced. One of these boats was carrying 55 people, including 10 women and two children, according to a press release from the Maritime Province of the Channel and North Sea.
Reported in difficulty off the coast of Equihain-Plage (Pas-de-Calais), these migrants were recovered by an intervention tug from the French Navy and brought back to the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Sometime back, 37 people including a woman were seen with their boat,”washed up on a sandbank and separated by the rising tide» Indicates the province, away from Dunkirk (North). Star of the Lifeguard at Sea”not being able to access“On the spot, a helicopter of the French Navy transferred to Castaway,”by successive landing» On the bench then on the dry ground. The last five people must have been hoisted because in the water.”Completely covered the bench in less than twenty minutes“, according to this press release. Safe and sound, he was brought back to Calais and handed over to the Border Police.
A canoe from the National Society for Rescue at Sea (SNSM) also assisted 27 migrants.in difficulty in the gravel area“(answer). In the end, the four castaways were rescued by a police patrol from Sangate (Pas-de-Calais) and brought back to the port of Calais. Friday, July 9, 103 migrants had already been rescued at sea during several missions.
Since late 2018, these illegal crossings of the Channel by migrants trying to reach the United Kingdom have increased, despite repeated warnings by authorities highlighting the danger associated with increased traffic density, strong currents and low temperatures . some water. According to a Maritime Province report, in 2020, more than 9,500 such crossings or attempted crossings were recorded, which is four times more than in 2019. After four deaths in 2019, six people were killed and three went missing.