In the night from Sunday to Monday, a ferry off Gravelines (North) warned the Gris-Nez regional operational surveillance and rescue center (CROSS) of the presence of a boat, with 18 migrants on board, including one child, specifies in a press release the prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea. A French Navy ship recovered them and brought them back to the French coast.
In addition, a boat of 12 migrants in difficulty off the French coast was brought ashore by rescuers.
All were taken in charge by the firefighters and presented to the border police.
Since the end of 2018, these illegal crossings of the Channel have been increasing despite repeated warnings from the authorities stressing the danger linked to the density of traffic, strong currents and low water temperature.
In 2020, more than 9,500 crossings or attempted crossings of this type were recorded, i.e. four times more than in 2019, according to a report from the French authorities. Six people have died and three are missing, after four deaths in 2019.