Rescued 342 migrants trying to reach Britain

Many migrants continue to attempt to cross the Channel between France and the United Kingdom on makeshift boats.

Three hundred and forty-two migrants who were trying to reach England on makeshift boats were rescued from the Pas-de-Calais Strait on Sunday, two of whom were in a state of advanced hypothermia and one was injured, the Maritime Province announced. Of.

On the night of Saturday through Sunday, again on Sunday, the Surveillance and Rescue Center (Cross) Gris-Nez was informed that “several boats” were in trouble from the north and Pas-de. – Calais said, in a press release, the Channel and the Maritime Province of the North Sea (Premar).

An intervention, aid and rescue tug then engaged in three rescue operations, “during which it recovered 124 castaways”, and a French Navy patrol vessel “recovered 95 castaways” during eight operations.

multiplication of crossings

Rescue teams at sea from Calais, Dunkirk and Boulogne-sur-Mer for their part have recovered 121 people during six separate missions, a detailed description of the prefecture. Three races were also won, including two and one injured in advanced hypothermia conditions. On Saturday, 76 people trying to reach England and on Friday 95 people were rescued.

For its part, the United Kingdom rescued or detained a total of 1,115 migrants aboard small boats on Friday and Saturday, the British Home Office said on Sunday.

Since late 2018, illegal crossings of the Channel by migrants seeking to reach the United Kingdom have increased, despite repeated warnings by authorities highlighting the danger associated with increased traffic density, strong currents and low water temperatures.

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According to the Maritime Prefect Philippe Deutreaux, some 15,400 migrants attempted the crossing between 1 January and 31 August, of whom 3,500 were “recovered with difficulty” in the strait and repatriated to the French coast.

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