The 40 castaways were recovered at sea by a French Navy patrol boat while their boat was in difficulty off Dunkirk.
40 migrants were rescued in the Channel on the night from Sunday to Monday, announced the maritime prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea in a press release.
A deployed patroller from the French Navy
While their boat was found in difficulty off Dunkirk in the Strait of Pas-de-Calais, the rescue authorities deployed a public service patrol vessel from the Navy. 40 people were collected and dropped off at the port of Calais. The rescued migrants were then taken care of by the Pas-de-Calais firefighters as well as by the border police.
In its press release, the maritime prefecture reminded everyone of the dangers of crossing the Channel, even more so in winter with very difficult weather conditions.
« The temperature of the water drops, considerably reducing the survival time of people who have fallen overboard, » warns the maritime prefecture.
In recent months, there have been more and more attempts by migrants to cross the Channel wishing to reach the United Kingdom. On November 24, 27 migrants died when their boat sank off the coast of Calais.