The body of a man wearing a life jacket, ” probably “ a migrant who was trying to reach England, was discovered Sunday, October 18 on a beach in Sangatte, in Pas-de-Calais, announced the prosecution.
The firefighters explained that they had found this man on Sunday morning, whose age is estimated between 20 and 40 years old, in a state of stiff corpse, wearing a life jacket, on a beach in Sangatte. The deceased is ” probably “ a migrant who fell into the water while trying to cross the Channel, said the prosecutor of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pascal Marconville.
According to a press release issued by the Pas-de-Calais prefecture, this man is “Iranian in appearance”. An investigation has been opened to try to determine the circumstances of his death. Mr. Marconville emphasizes that“A lot of crossing attempts” occurred overnight, due to“A meteorological window that seems to have tempted the smuggling networks”.
Multiplication of crossing attempts
An oil sea near the French coast and calm weather indeed followed several days of rough weather, but the calm near the coast was misleading because the high tides cause very violent currents in the strait.
On Saturday, the prefecture recorded nine attempts to cross “Prevented” by the French authorities, concerning 201 migrants, and seven crossings during which 102 others managed to reach the British coasts.
Sunday morning, 11 crossings were thwarted by the French authorities, involving 191 migrants. Throughout the day, the Gris-Nez Regional Operational Surveillance and Rescue Center (CROSS) received calls for boats of migrants in difficulty. The maritime prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea recorded Sunday in the early evening 65 migrants rescued at sea, including four women and five children. One of the migrants was in severe hypothermia.
The Salam association, which helps migrants, said it had met in Calais “About fifteen people soaked in T-shirts, including a lady, after a failure to pass by sea: their boat capsized at 4 am and they took 7 hours to walk back to Calais”, frozen and hungry.
For several months, these attempts to cross the Channel on sometimes very precarious boats have multiplied. According to the prefecture, they claimed the lives of four migrants in 2019 and three in 2020.