French authorities rescue 61 migrants, including children, in Strait

Boulogne, France—French authorities rescued 61 migrants, including small children, in the English Channel on Tuesday. Calm seas pushed immigrants in small boats toward the English coast.

Rescuers at the port of Boulogne, where the migrants landed, said about 30 people had to be pulled from the cold water.

Officials said the rescue was about one nautical mile inside British waters.

Afghans, Indians, Iranians and Pakistanis aboard the dinghy left the French coast in the morning, the refugees said.

On the dock, paramedics handed migrants freshly changed clothes and thermal blankets.

French police on Tuesday stopped nearly 50 migrants from attempting to cross the English Channel as calm weather and calm seas increased the number of people embarking on the perilous journey in recent days.

Guy Allemand, mayor of the small village of Sangatte near Calais, said some migrants were forcibly turned back by police, but another 100 made it to the high seas.

He told Reuters that migrant trafficking networks had recently changed their ways.

“they [traffickers] Now arriving by ‘taxi boat’, refugees are asked to jump into the water and catch them instead of launching their own boats from the beach,” he said.

More than 40,000 have crossed the Channel to the UK so far this year, up from 28,526 in 2021.

Earlier this month, the UK and France signed a deal worth €72.2 million ($74.5 million) over the next year to step up joint efforts to prevent illegal immigrants from making the dangerous journey across the Channel. signed.

Pascal Rossignol and Yann Tessier