The French Coast Guard rescued 84 migrants in the strait bound for Britain. According to the maritime department, it involved several ships carrying people, including eight children and three babies.
A rubber dinghy was carrying 11 migrants and had trouble in the French coastal town of Le Touquet early this morning. Soon after, the Coast Guard received a report that there was a ship off the coast of Boulogne-sur-Mer, a little farther north. There are 24 people on that boat.
While patrolling at sea, a small boat was also found with 30 people on board. Then, the fourth ship followed 19 refugees. Everyone on all boats has landed safely, French authorities say.
Migrants regularly cross the strait to reach Britain. They often travel in small rubber dinghies. Adventure travel, because many ships sail the strait between Dover and Calais.
There are about 600 passing by every day, mainly container giants over 300 meters long. This alone makes crossing on a rubber boat dangerous. In addition, the ocean currents are strong, the waves are turbulent, and the weather conditions are unstable.
Often torn four times
Last year, the French Coast Guard deployed more than four times more frequently than the previous year to transport migrants who crossed the strait illegally. A total of 9,551 immigrants were arrested in an attempt to sail to the UK. There were 2,294 people in 2019.
In 2020, at least six people were killed while trying to cross the strait. There are four in 2019.