The customs canoe. - French Customs
This Friday morning, two new rescue operations at sea were carried out to recover around 40 migrants who were trying to reach Great Britain in makeshift boats. In one of the boats were children and people with disabilities.
The first alert came very early on Friday morning. It was the Gris-Nez Regional Operational Surveillance and Rescue Center (CROSS) that spotted a boat with eleven people on board in difficulty off Wissant, in Pas-de-Calais.
Photographed the night before from Wissant
The French customs patroller was dispatched to retrieve the canoe and its passengers. They were fished out shortly before 7 a.m. and landed at the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer before 9 a.m. It is undoubtedly the same canoe which had been spotted leaving the beach of Wissant, Thursday, around 10 p.m., by a colleague of the Voix du Nord .
Around 4:58 a.m., still this Friday, migrants in difficulty aboard a boat off Hardelot contacted the Samu. The request for assistance was transmitted to Cross Gris-Nez, which hired a French Navy vessel to respond to it.
Arrived in the area, the crew of the Abeille Languedoc noted the presence of 30 people on board the boat, including six children and two people with physical disabilities, said the Cross. All were recovered and then disembarked at the port of Calais where they were taken care of by firefighters and border police officers.
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