French Coast Guard rescues more than 240 migrants drifting in the English Channel

The French coast guard rescued a total of 242 migrants in small boats in the English Channel this Monday and Tuesday, as announced by the maritime prefecture of the English Channel and the North Sea.

First, this Monday, the rescue and maritime patrol services helped a small boat with six migrants on board, which were transferred to the port of Calais, where they are treated by the border police.

Later, on the night from Monday to Tuesday, the authorities had to use “various means” to have a total of five boats with 32 migrants – including a minor -, 36, 44, 42 and twelve shipwrecked and a sixth drifting ship with up to 70 migrants on board .

French Coast Guard rescues more than 240 migrants drifting in the English Channel
French Coast Guard rescues more than 240 migrants drifting in the English Channel

All of them were transferred to the ports of Calais, Bologna by the sea or Dunkerque after being rescued from this sector, which is “one of the busiest areas in the world” and whose meteorological conditions are “normally difficult”, which makes it “particularly dangerous “Place, the French prefecture concludes in its statement.

Almost 16,000 migrants have been rescued in the area since late August, a significant increase over previous years. For its part, the UK government imposed new immigration restrictions after Brexit to reduce illegal entry.

With that in mind, London and Paris recently reached an agreement, although there are currently hundreds of migrants in Calais to cross the Channel and reach the UK.

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