The maritime gendarmerie of Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais) has recovered on board a drifting boat 19 migrants Wednesday 5th June, 2019.
They were in a very bad position when they were rescued. Wednesday 5th June 2019, the maritime gendarmerie of Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais) has recovered on board a boat adrift 19 migrants. They were then taken care of by firefighters and the SAMU in Calais.
The rescue operation took place early in the night. At around 2:15 am, the Channel and North Sea maritime prefecture receive an alert from the Gris-Nez Regional Operational Center for Surveillance and Rescue (CROSS). A migrant boat 5 nautical miles (9 km) north of Calais is heading towards the French coast.
“Migrants in difficulty due to adverse weather conditions called the EMS 62 for assistance, “explains the Maritime Prefecture of the English Channel and North Sea. “
The CROSS sends a star of the Boulogne-sur-Mer maritime gendarmerie and the National Society of Sea Rescue (SNSM) of Calais.
— PREMAR Manche (@premarmanche) 5 June 2019
In mild hypothermia
Two ferries departing from the port of Dunkirk allowed the boat to be relocated. Once on the scene, the gendarmes found on board the small boat 19 migrants, including a woman. Some of them were in mild hypothermia .
The star of the Maritime Gendarmerie noticed the boat to Calais. Around 7 am, the people were taken care of by firefighters and the UAS. The border police then intervened around 8:00.
For several months, assistance operations have multiplied in this maritime zone. The prefect was keen to warn migrants considering crossing the Channel, “one of the busiest areas in the world, and therefore dangerous for human life.”