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More than 30 migrants rescued on Saturday in the Channel on the French side

2020-08-16T10:04:31.054Z

All were taken care of by the fire brigade and handed over to the border police.The French maritime authorities rescued 31 migrants on Saturday, including three children and an infant, who were trying to cross the Channel on small boats to reach the English coasts, according to press releases from the maritime prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea. To read also: Migrants: the mayor of Calais asks Boris Johnson to "calm down" Around 6:00 a.m., a surveillance boat from ...



The French maritime authorities rescued 31 migrants on Saturday, including three children and an infant, who were trying to cross the Channel on small boats to reach the English coasts, according to press releases from the maritime prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea.

To read also: Migrants: the mayor of Calais asks Boris Johnson to "calm down"

Around 6:00 a.m., a surveillance boat from the maritime gendarmerie spotted two people in difficulty aboard a boat in the bay of Wissant, in Pas-de-Calais, and picked them up. One was in a state of mild hypothermia.

A little later, a ferry called the Gris-Nez regional operational surveillance and rescue center (Cross) to report the presence of a boat in difficulty in the access channel to the port of Calais. The six migrants, including one injured, were brought ashore by an all-weather dinghy from the station of the National Sea Rescue Society (SNSM).

Read also: London strengthens its device against illegal Channel crossings

Then the Cross received a call from a merchant ship reporting a boat in difficulty about 11 km north of Wissant. The seven migrants are taken care of and brought back to the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Finally, in the middle of the evening, warned by a fishing vessel, the Cross sent a patrol boat from the French navy to rescue 16 migrants, including an infant and three children off Dunkirk. Four of them are brought back ashore as a priority after an exchange with the Toulouse Maritime Medical Consultation Center (CCMM) which recommends rapid evacuation for medical treatment.

According to a source close to the emergency services, they are four migrants of Sudanese nationality: a woman suffering from a stomach ache, a 6 year old child, another 18 months old and a 30 year old man. All were taken care of by the fire brigade and handed over to the border police.

Source: lefigaro

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