thirty-nine migrants rescued in the Channel

Several people on board the boat refused emergency help on Tuesday and continued “on their way”, according to the Channel and North Sea maritime prefecture.


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A boat carrying migrants, April 23, 2024 off the coast of Dunkirk (North).  (SAMEER AL-DOUMY / AFP)

Thirty-nine migrants were rescued Tuesday in the Channel, off the coast of Berck-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais), the Channel and North Sea maritime prefecture announced on Wednesday May 22 in a press release. The authorities explain that the boat was “in trouble” when the Flamant patrol boat located the castaways.

They were then dropped off at the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais) then taken care of by the rescue services and the border police. Some migrants present in the boat refused to be rescued and continued “their way”according to the maritime prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea.

At least fifteen migrants have died since the start of the year in attempts to cross between France and England, including five at the end of April. In 2023, nearly 30,000 migrants will have made the crossing.

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