Nearly 190 migrants trying to cross the Channel to reach England aboard makeshift boats were rescued at sea on Saturday, during several operations, and brought back to France.
During the night from Friday to Saturday, a patrol boat from the French Navy first rescued “sixty people” off Zuydcoote (North), indicates the maritime prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea (Premar ) in a press release. Engaged in a second operation in the morning, he recovered fifty other migrants in difficulty off Hemmes-de-Marcq (Pas-de-Calais). The castaways were all dropped off at the port of Calais.
Crossing attempts on the rise
Also requested on Saturday morning, a coastal patrol boat from the maritime gendarmerie took care of 47 people, off Leffrinckoucke (North), deposited at the port of Dunkirk. An intervention, assistance and rescue tug finally rescued 29 other migrants in the middle of the day, brought back to Boulogne-sur-Mer, continues Premar.
Since the authorities bunkered the Channel Tunnel and the port of Calais, the starting point on the French side, more and more candidates for exile are trying their luck crossing the busiest sea route in the world. . Risking their lives. The French Ministry of the Interior recently assessed the number of candidates for exile who attempted the crossing between January 1 and June 13 at 20,000 (+68% compared to the same period in 2021).