This content is not available in your region

France rescues nearly 250 migrants in English Channel

Access to the comments Comments
By Reuters

<div> <p><span class="caps">PARIS</span> – A total of 243 migrants were rescued in the English Channel on Friday and Saturday while trying to cross to Britain from France in makeshift boats, local French authorities on Sunday.</p> <p>After many boats were reported in distress on Friday night, rescue operations continued into Saturday evening, the prefecture for the Channel and North Sea said in a statement.</p> <p>The migrants were brought back to the French ports of Boulogne, Dunkirk, Calais and handed over to border police and rescue crews, it said.</p> <p>French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin earlier this week blamed Britain for the migrant crisis, saying Britain’s labour laws encouraged migrants to attempt the perilous crossing of the Channel by dinghy.</p> <p>French police say that while they are preventing more dinghies from making the crossing, they can only slow the numbers. </p> <p/> </div>