Pas-de-Calais: Migrants in Distress Rescued

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Four migrants were rescued just off sangatte, Pas-de-Calais

Onboard an inflatable boat, many migrants have tried unsuccessfully to reach the British coast from Dunkirk …

A tragedy was avoided. Saturday morning, four migrants , drifting in a dinghy off Sangatte, in the Pas-de-Calais region, were rescued by rescuers at sea.

Orginally five in the little boat

“Around 5:30am, a migrant was found lying on a beach in Sangatte and in a hypothermic state and requested assistance and said to have been on a boat with four other people,” said the Prefecture of the Pas-de-Calais, adding that a rescue mission launched at 7am, had found and recovered the boat and its passengers were “alive”.

According to the Regional Operational Centre for Surveillance and Rescue (CROSS), searches were carried out by the sea rescue of Pas-de-Calais and firefighters aided by a helicopter of the Belgian Army “adapted for night search.”

Storm warning

The migrants had been very fortunate as this weekend, a storm warning with winds up to 140 km/h was issued by the maritime prefecture.  The migrant found on the beach said the boat had parted from a beach in Dunkirk, during the night to try to reach Britain.


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