Immigrants continue to cross the English Channel to reach the United Kingdom, French authorities said Sunday after rescuing 65 migrants who departed in small boats from the coastal city of Calais.
The Canal and North Sea area announced on Sunday that 65 migrants had been rescued while attempting to reach the British coast in small boats.
According to the Prefecture, the Regional Center for Operational Surveillance and Recovery (CROSS) has received a distress call from migrants off the coast of Cravelins, a few kilometers north of Calais.
On this boat, 14 migrants, including two women, were rescued by the French Coast Guard, and they landed in the port of Calais at about seven in the morning.
At Calais Beach, French forces intervened a few hours later and rescued a total of 51 migrants, including nine women, and landed at the port of Bologna-sur-Mer.
Officials pointed out that all the immigrants were in good health.
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Since the end of 2018, the illegal crossings of the English Channel for immigrants seeking to reach the UK have doubled, despite repeated warnings from authorities about the danger associated with high traffic, strong currents and low water temperatures.
Immigrants live in poor conditions on the outskirts of Kallis and are under police pressure, while deteriorating living conditions are forcing them to risk their lives and cross the sea in boats that expose their passengers, local organizations say. For dangerous accidents.
Last year, more than 9,500 crossing attempts were recorded, four times more than in 2019, according to a report by the Maritime Governorate. Six were killed and three were missing, and in 2019 four died.