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Several migrant boats in distress in the Strait of Pas de Calais
in the night of Nov 11 and during the day of Nov 12, 2023, the CROSS Gris-Nez was informed that several migrant boats were in difficulty in the Strait of Pas de Calais. The 'Esvagt Charlie' was mobilized to the first boat in difficulty which was located by the Dunkirk semaphore. The crew of the 'Esvagt Charlie' picked up 21 people on board and dropped them off at the port of Dunkirk. in the morning of Nov 12, the CROSS Gris-Nez was informed that two migrants were adrift aboard a dinghy off the coast of Calais. The 'Abeille Normandie' was mobilized to assist and rescued the two people, who were dropped off at the port of Calais (62). In the middle of the day, the CROSS Gris-Nez deployed the 'Jacques Oudart Fourmenti' to assist another boat in difficulty. The customs boat picks up 15 people and dropped them off at the port of Calais. In the run of the day. Also the 'Apollo Moon', which was on patrol off the coast of Calais, was engaged in several assistance and rescue operations. In the night of Nov 11. the CROSS Gris-Nez mobilized the rescue ship to assist a boat in difficulty and picked up 60 people. One of the castaways fainted from hypothermia. He was quickly taken care of on board. The 'Apollo Moon' dropped off the 60 castaways at the port of Calai, where they were taken care of by the departmental fire and rescue service and the border police. In the foremidday the 'Apollo Moon' was once again engaged by the CROSS Gris-Nez to assist another boat in difficulty. The ship rescued tthe 15 people on board. In the middle of the day, the 'Apollo Moon' was mobilized to a third boat in difficulty and rescued 21 people. During this rescue operation, some migrants managed to restart the engine and refused to be recovered. Given the risks incurred when forcing them to board the ship, it was decided to let them continue their voyage. In connection with the CROSS Gris Nez, surveillance was maintained on this boat by the 'Esvagt Charlie'. At the end of the day, the 'Apollo Moon' headed towards the port of Calais with 36 people rescued on board. When they arrived at the dock, they were taken care of by the departmental fire and rescue service and the border police.
Several assistances for migrant boats off Dunkirk
In the night of Nov 1 the CROSS Gris-Nez was informed that several migrant boats were in difficulty off the coast of Dunkirk. Initially, the CROSS Gris-Nez engaged the 'Esvagt Charlie' to boat in difficulty. Once in the area, it launched its semi-rigid boat and picked up 67 people. They were dropped off at the port of Dunkirk, where they were taken care of by the departmental fire and rescue service and the border police. At the same time, the CROSS Gris-Nez was informed that a boat has set sail off the coast of Gravelines and deployed the 'Jacques Oudart Fourmentin', which managed to relocate the boat. The boat refused the assistance offered and continued on its way. The customs boat then maintained its surveillance, in conjunction with the CROSS Gris Nez, until it was relieved by the 'Apollo Moon' on order to continue its navigation on another mission. After several hours of navigation, some of the people on board the boat finally requested assistance. The 'Apollo Moon' then launched its RIB and rescued 56 people. One of them had jumped into the water as the RIB approached. The crew of the 'Apollo Moon' quickly pulled the person on board. Despite the crew's insistence, some of the people still on board the boat refused the assistance offered and continued their journey towards British shores. The 'Apollo Moon' dropped off all the castaways in Calais, where they were taken care of by the land rescue services and the border police.
Several migrants rescued from two damaged boats
Emergency services intervened in the night of Oct 22 and in the morning of Oct 23 to rescue migrants who were trying to reach England aboard two boats off the coast of Gravelines and Sangatte. During both interventions, migrants who refused assistance were ultimately rescued. On Oct 23, the CROSS Gris-Nez was informed that several migrant boats were in difficulty in the Strait of Pas-de-Calais. In the middle of the night, the MRCC of Dover informed the CROSS Gris Nez that a migrant boat was in difficulty off the coast of Gravelines. The CROSS engaged the 'Jacques Oudart Fourmentin' and the 'Apollo Moon' to try to relocate this boat. After less than an hour of searching, the boat was located by the 'Apollo Moon' which took on board around 30 castaways, the others refusing assistance. The castaways who remained on board the boat tried to re-inflate the tubes and continue their journey towards Great Britain. After almost an hour of trying, the last 14 people still on board agreed to be rescued. in the mid-morning, the 41 people were dropped off at the port of Calais and picked up at the dock. At the same time, another migrant boat was reported to be damaged off the coast of Sangatte. After being able to relocate the boat via a fishing vessel and the Frontex aircraft, the CROSS Gris-Nez engaged the all-weather boat 'SNS077-Notre-Dame du Risban' from the SNSM station Calais as well as the 'Abeille Normandie' to rescue the migrants. The emergency tug initially rescued nearly 50 people, before the boat attempted a final restart. The last eight castaways were rescued some time later by the tug. The 58 people were dropped off at the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer in the middle of the afternoon and taken care of by emergency services on land.News schreiben