The lifeless body of a migrant was found this Sunday morning on the beach of Sangatte, while several rescues took place on the coasts of Calais this weekend.
The lifeless body of a man wearing a life jacket, “probably“A migrant who was trying to reach England, was discovered Sunday on a beach in Sangatte (Pas-de-Calais) after a night marked by numerous attempts to cross, said the prosecution.
The firefighters said they found this man, aged 20 to 40, in a state of stiff corpse on Sunday morning, on the southern Sangatte beach. “Iranian in appearance“explains the prefecture of Pas-de-Calais, wearing a life jacket, according to the first elements of the investigation of a migrant drowned while trying to cross the Channel.
An investigation was opened by the prosecution of Boulogne-sur-Mer to determine the circumstances of the death. The prosecutor of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pascal Marconville, stressing that “there were a lot of attempts to cross” in the night. “There was a weather window that seems to have tempted the smuggling networks“, he noted.
3 dead in 2020
An oil sea near the coast has favored attempts at crossings this weekend after several days of bad weather. In a press release, the prefecture indicates that on Saturday, October 17, “9 attempts (201 migrants) were prevented and 102 migrants managed to reach the British coast (7 events). For this Sunday morning, 11 crossing attempts (191 migrants) were thwarted. “
In mid-August, a Sudanese migrant drowned while trying to cross the Channel on a rubber dinghy, accompanied by a teenager who had managed to get back to the beach. The migrant’s body had already been found on a beach in Sangatte.
In 2019, four migrants were killed in the crossings, three in 2020.
Rescue of 22 migrants at sea this weekend
On Saturday, the maritime prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea reported two migrant rescue operations: one of six migrants, in difficulty on two kayaks stowed together, the other concerning 16 migrants, including a woman brought back to earth.
Saturday morning around 9:00 am, five young migrants embarked aboard an inflatable boat had also found themselves in difficulty from the first waves, under the eye of witnesses.
[#Sauvetage] 22 migrants in the Strait of Pas-de-Calais by the Garonne metropolitan support and assistance vessel and the chartered intervention, assistance and rescue tug Abeille Languedoc @MarineNationale, coordination #CROSS Gris-Nez➡️https: //t.co/g1pVKmN6Ue pic.twitter.com/iNBZfRRJng
– Maritime Prefecture Channel and North Sea (@premarmanche) October 17, 2020
Picked up frozen by the Calais firefighters, they were handed over to the border police.
Explosion of crossings
The Pas-de-Calais prefecture indicates that since the start of 2020, 1,038 events have been recorded: 479 crossing attempts intercepted by the French authorities and 559 crossings that have arrived in Great Britain. Added to this is the discovery of 177 boats on the coast by the police.
According to a count made by AFP, at least 1,354 migrants have been intercepted at sea by the French authorities as they tried to cross the Channel, aboard makeshift boats or swimming, since January 1.
If the cliffs of Dover seem very close in good weather from the Calaisis coast, the Manche constitutes “one of the busiest areas in the world and where the weather conditions are often difficult“, recalls the maritime prefecture.
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