Nine migrants including two children who tried to cross the English Channel in a makeshift boat were intercepted Monday morning off Cape Gris-nez, in the Pas-de-Calais, and handed over to the police, said the prefecture maritime.
Six men, one woman and two children
The group of six men, a woman and two children was spotted by the gendarmerie maritime around 5:20 am about 1.8 km from the French coast, while the boat broke down "began to take water," according to a statement of the Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea. Quickly rescued, the migrants were "sent to Boulogne-sur-mer" and "taken care of by the police at the borders". For nearly a year, crossing attempts have multiplied in the Channel despite the danger of traffic density, strong currents and low water temperatures.