A hundred migrants were rescued this weekend in the Strait of Pas de Calais

This weekend, nearly a hundred exiles were rescued in the English Channel as they tried to reach England in makeshift boats. 

Un Press release published Sunday by the maritime prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea indicates that several search and rescue operations took place this weekend in the Strait of Pas de Calais.

On Saturday 25 September, the maritime affairs patrol vessel (PAM) Themis commissioned by the Gris-Nez regional operational surveillance and rescue center (CROSS) took charge of around twenty castaways off Dunkirk, who were then dropped off at the port. .

During the night from Saturday to Sunday, about forty castaways were taken care of aboard the patrol boat Themis, some of whom were in "a slight state of hypothermia", they were also deposited at the port of Dunkirk.

Another boat in difficulty was reported a little later, this time off Sangatte. It was carrying around thirty people.

The CROSS Gris-Nez hired the coastal maritime surveillance cruiser (VCSM) Scarpe of the maritime gendarmerie as well as the intervention, assistance and rescue tug (RIAS) Abeille Liberté chartered by the French Navy to come to their aid . The survivors were then dropped off in Boulogne-sur-Mer. According to'AFP, two people suspected of being smugglers were taken into custody.

The maritime prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea specifies that all the castaways rescued were then taken care of by the border police (PAF).

The Prefect concludes the press release by warning “anyone who plans to cross the Channel about the risks involved”, stressing that this maritime sector is “particularly dangerous”.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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