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France Rescues 77 Migrants Who Tried to Cross Channel

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A total of 77 migrants who had tried to cross the Channel in small boats were rescued on Wednesday off the northern French coast, near the towns of Calais and Dunkirk.


The regional rescue service (CROSS) in Gris-Nez announced this on Thursday to the local newspaper La Voix du Nord.

During the night from Tuesday to Wednesday and Wednesday itself, reports were received at the CROSS operations centre in Gris-Nez of migrant boats that had run into difficulties in the Pas de Calais. A total of 77 migrants were rescued. They were taken to the port of Calais, where the shelter was provided.

In a first rescue operation, 29 shipwrecked people were rescued by the French navy very early on Wednesday morning, writes La Voix du Nord.

Later in the day, the same naval boat was used for another rescue operation, which rescued 24 people. A boat from the rescue service SNSM was then called in to bring another 24 people to safety.

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