108 migrants trying to reach England by boat were rescued on Monday, September 20 off the Strait of Pas-de-Calais, the maritime prefecture said on Tuesday in a press release.
22 migrants were first picked up on a boat off Bray-Dunes (North), and dropped off at the port of Dunkirk where they were taken care of by the border police (PAF) and the departmental fire operations center. and relief.
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In parallel, “The Regional Operational Center for Surveillance and Rescue (Cross) Griz-Nez is informed that a boat is in difficulty off the Braek dike” and then hires a canoe from the National Society for Rescue at Sea (SNSM). Once in the area, “He recovers 20 castaways and deposits them at the port of Dunkirk”.
A crossing attempted by 15,400 migrants since January
Later, “The Cross Gris-Nez is put in contact with castaways requesting assistance off Leffrinckoucke” : 39 castaways were recovered by a customs patrol boat and dropped off at the port of Dunkirk. The Cross was then contacted by the tanker Baixas Knutsen which reported an embarkation off the Pas-de-Calais: 27 castaways were recovered and deposited at the port of Calais.
Since the end of 2018, illegal crossings of the Channel by migrants have been seeking to reach the United Kingdom have multiplied despite repeated warnings from the authorities who highlight the danger linked to the density of traffic, strong currents and the low temperature of the water.
According to maritime prefect Philippe Dutrieux, some 15,400 migrants attempted the crossing between the 1uh January and August 31, of which 3,500 were “Recovered in difficulty” in the strait and brought back to the French coast. In 2020, 9,500 people attempted the crossing, compared to 2,300 in 2019 and 600 in 2018.
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