(PARIS) #MigrantCrisis French authorities said on Friday they had rescued a boatload of 42 migrants in the English channel after their boat got into difficulty #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.26: The emergency services were alerted by the migrants, and a rescue vessel picked them up in the sea off the Pas-de-Calais area, according to a French police statement.

#AceDailyNews says that U.K. reportedly paid France £54-million to search for illegals leaving their country and they say they have rescued a boatload of 42 migrants in the English Channel and they were taken to the nearby port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, and all are in good health, the statement said.

July. 23, 20217:32 PM BSTLast Updated 14 hours ago

Thousands of migrants each year attempt the dangerous sea crossing from France to the coast of Britain, often paying human smugglers to help them through one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes in overloaded rubber dinghies: Britain has repeatedly pressed French President Emmanuel Macron’s government to do more to prevent the migrants leaving France.

When Europe turns a blind eye: Life and death in the Mediterranean – Reporters

In the Mediterranean, the years go by and almost nothing changes. In 2021, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 955 people have already died trying to reach Europe by sea – twice as many as during the same period last year. NGOs believe these figures are no doubt an underestimate.

23/07/2021 – 19:00

REPORTERS
REPORTERS © FRANCE 24

According to the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), coastal states have a legal obligation to organise and assist searches in the event of a distress signal. However, since 2016, civil society groups have been plugging the gap.

On April 21, the Ocean Viking began a race against time to try to rescue a dinghy in distress amid a storm, with nearly 130 people on board. But without assistance from the competent authorities, the vessel arrived too late at the scene of a fatal shipwreck. 

A few days later, 236 survivors, including 119 minors, were rescued from two other inflatable boats on which they were adrift, before being transported to a port on the European continent. Among them were men, women and children fleeing the hell for migrants that is Libya

In this documentary, FRANCE 24 brings you an in-depth look at the reality for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean in search of a better life.

FRANCE 24’s Emmanuelle Chaze tells us more about filming her report:

Ocean Viking: Life and death in the Mediterranean
Ocean Viking: Life and death in the Mediterranean  © FRANCE 24

Reporting by Christian Lowe; Editing by Giles Elgood

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: July.26: 2021:

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