A total of 138 migrants trying to reach England by inflatable boat were rescued off the coast of Pas-de-Calais on Thursday, French port authorities said.
“On Thursday, December 16, the Gray-Ne Regional Regional Search and Rescue Operations Center (CROSS) was informed that many vessels attempting to cross the Channel were experiencing problems in the straits,” the Channel and North Sea Port Authority said.
Two ships and two all-weather boats were sent to the area and collected a total of 138 migrants.
The number of people trying to cross the English Channel to reach the UK has increased since the end of 2018, despite repeated warnings from the French authorities that this voyage is dangerous due to strong currents, low sea temperatures and heavy traffic. in the area.