The Pas-de-Calais maritime authorities carried out a dozen rescue operations between Monday and Tuesday in the Channel and brought dozens of migrants back to dry land, including four women and a child.
The bad weather conditions in La Manche do not seem to have an impact on the multiplication of attempts at migrant crossings. Between Monday and Tuesday, the maritime authorities of Pas-de-Calais carried out a dozen rescue operations and rescued 242 migrants, including four women and a child, as the maritime prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea report. in a press release this Tuesday evening.
Each group of migrants was dropped off at the port of Calais, Dunkirk or Boulogne-sur-Mer. Each time, the latter were taken care of by the police at the borders of the North or Pas-de-Calais, or by the firefighters.
In its press release, the prefecture recalls the dangerousness of crossing the Channel, an area where maritime traffic is very important, and above all a very agitated area with 120 days of wind greater than or equal to force 7 on annual average.
Two dead and one missing last week
Last week has been particularly perilous for migrants, with two dead and one missing, while maritime authorities have stepped up operations with no less than 800 people rescued overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday.
About 15,400 migrants attempted the crossing between August 1 and August 31, 2021 according to maritime prefect Philippe Dutrieux. In 2020, the number of attempts rises to 9,500.