France saves 213 migrants from the Channel – .

France saves 213 migrants from the Channel – .

A total of 213 migrants were rescued in the English Channel on Sunday and Monday as they attempted to cross France to Britain in makeshift boats, French officials said.

After “many” boats were reported in distress overnight, rescue operations continued Monday into the day, said the prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea.

A French navy patroller rescued 82 people during four operations.

Seventy-six others were rescued in two outings by lifeboats based in Dunkirk, while the prefecture indicated that boats from Boulogne-sur-Mer rescued 40 people “in a state of hypothermia” from a boat which flowed.

Fifteen others were taken to Boulogne by another navy boat.

A growing number of migrants have attempted to cross Britain by sea since late 2018, despite authorities warning of the dangers of the busy seaway, with strong currents and low temperatures.

The prefect of France Philippe Dutrieux said that around 15,400 migrants attempted the crossing between January 1 and August 31 of this year, of which 3,500 were rescued “in difficulty” before being taken to France.

In 2020, around 9,500 people made or attempted crossings, compared to 2,300 in 2019 and 600 in 2018.

Updated: October 18, 2021, 11:19 PM


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