Rescues in series in the English Channel. According to the maritime prefecture, 21 migrants who tried to reach Britain in three struggling boats were rescued this Saturday.
At around 2 a.m. first, the Regional Operational Surveillance and Rescue Center (CROSS) Gris-Nez was warned "that a boat with four migrants on board" was about two kilometers northeast of Sangatte ( Pas-de-Calais), reported the maritime prefecture of the English Channel and the North Sea in a press release. These four people, "in severe hypothermia", were taken care of while their boat had capsized. They are all "safe and sound".
Thirteen people on a single inflatable boat
Later that night, around 3 a.m., a person called for help asking for assistance claiming to be at sea with other individuals four kilometers north of Calais. On the broken down inflatable boat were 13 migrants who were picked up by a French Navy patroller before being taken in by border police.
Then around 9 am, the Cross Griz-Nez was "warned by a Belgian sailboat that an inflatable kayak type boat with four migrants on board" was "near the channel of the port of Calais". These four people were recovered by the star of the nautical brigade of the national gendarmerie of Calais.
The prefecture "warns" migrants who plan to cross the English Channel, recalling that this sea is "one of the busiest areas in the world" and that "the weather conditions are often difficult (120 days of greater or equal wind force 7 on an annual average for example) ".