Wednesday, February 28

French and British Authorities Rescue 43 Migrants at Sea

The British and French authorities rescued some 43 migrants who tried to reach Great Britain by boat in the night from Thursday to Friday.


The French authorities were notified on Friday at 4 am of a boat in difficulty, which was subsequently found by a French Navy helicopter off the coast of Pas-de-Calais.

The eleven migrants on board were taken from the leaking ship at 7.30 am and decided to Calais. It involved eight men and three women of Iranian, Afghan and Eritrean descent.

Two of them needed care, and the others were transferred to the border police according to the maritime prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea.

The British authorities also rescued 32 migrants who had left France and were in English waters.

Since the end of 2018, the number of migrants who have made the dangerous crossing to the United Kingdom has increased.

Last year 2,758 people who tried to cross the Channel were intercepted. According to the French coast guard that is four times more than in 2018.

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