135 migrants rescued at sea in the Pas-de-Calais Strait

Several rescue operations took place overnight from Wednesday to Thursday.

Three rescues in the space of a few hours. The local operations center for surveillance and rescue rescued 143 migrants overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday in the Strait of Pas-de-Calais, the maritime prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea said in a press release.

Three relief operations

A first intervention took place in the middle of the night. 43 people, who took to the sea from the beach of Merlimont, were rescued by the national sea rescue company (SNSM) of Berck. The castaways were then dropped off at Berck early in the morning. However, three people fell overboard when the boat left and have not been found.

From Leffrinckoucke this Thursday morning, a boat with 50 people on board began to sink in the middle of the sandbanks, before they were rescued. “The castaways were dropped off in Dunkirk at the end of the morning, where they were cared for by the departmental fire and rescue service (SDIS) and the border police (PAF”), indicates the prefecture.

The coast guard brigade of the maritime gendarmerie of Boulogne-sur-Mer as well as the coast-maritime guard launch also came to the aid of 45 people this morning whose boat was floating after several engine damages. They were dropped off at the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer.

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