Home Immigration News Five Iranian migrants plucked from channel trying to get to England in an inflatable raft

Five Iranian migrants plucked from channel trying to get to England in an inflatable raft

by admin

Author: CIARAN MCGRATH

FIVE Iranian migrants trying to get to Britain on a makeshift, inflatable boat were plucked from the English Channel by a rescue team in the early hours of Saturday morning, officials said.

All were found to be suffering from hyperthermia when they were rescued at about 8am yesterday morning.

They were treated by emergency services when brought back to the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, according to the Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea, the French authority with responsibility for safety at sea.

The five Iranians had set off in a non-powered inflatable boat and lost their oars in calm seas but with poor visibility due to foggy weather.

They were found after five hours of searching by a Navy aircraft 8.5 nautical miles (16 km) north of Cape Gris-Nez, halfway to England, and rescued by the National Society of Sea Rescue (SNSM).

A Maritime Prefecture statement said: “The maritime prefect wishes to emphasise that these crossings are extremely risky and dangerous, despite the apparent proximity of the English coast from the French coast.

“The Channel and the North Sea are indeed seas where navigation is difficult and the Strait of Calais are characterised by extremely dense maritime traffic.

“These difficult conditions are reinforced by a very thick fog.

“In all cases, the temperature of the water is low, considerably reducing the survival time of a person fallen overboard.

A Maritime Prefecture statement said: “The maritime prefect wishes to emphasise that these crossings are extremely risky and dangerous, despite the apparent proximity of the English coast from the French coast.

“The Channel and the North Sea are indeed seas where navigation is difficult and the Strait of Calais are characterised by extremely dense maritime traffic.

“These difficult conditions are reinforced by a very thick fog.

“In all cases, the temperature of the water is low, considerably reducing the survival time of a person fallen overboard.

“Just as any boat observed at sea presenting an abnormal and potentially dangerous situation (excess, inappropriate float or in bad condition must be immediately reported.”

On May 19, a Colombian national was found suffering from hypothermia by sea rescuers in the same part of the sea, also while attempting to get to England illegally, this time in a canoe.

The Maritime Prefecture statement added: “An investigation is underway to determine the circumstances and causes of this incident.”

Source: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/965787/iran-iranian-migrants-english-channel-england-inflatable-life-raft-france

Related Articles