The French authorities rescued more than 40 migrants, including children, from two different boats in the Pas de Calais department on Friday.
In a statement, the Canal and North Sea Prefecture stated that the Regional Center for Operational Surveillance and Rescue (CROSS, for its French acronym) discovered a boat off the town of Wissant with eleven migrants on board. They were taken over by a French coast guard patrol boat and brought to the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer.
The CROSS then received a message from a ship hired by the French Navy for another ship that carried 30 other migrants, including six children and two people with physical disabilities. They were also collected and returned to the port of Calais, where they were looked after by firefighters and rescue workers.
All migrants are “safe and healthy,” said the Maritime Prefecture, who thanked the “efficiency and responsiveness” of all teams involved in both operations.
He has also warned migrants trying to cross the English Channel that it is “one of the busiest areas in the world” and that “weather conditions are often difficult,” which makes life “dangerous.”