(CALAIS, France.) #MigrantCrisis Report: An illegal-migrant has been airlifted to hospital after a boat carrying around 40 people began to sink in the English Channel #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.13: The vessel is believed to have begun filling up with water as it headed for the UK this morning: The rescue operation, involving French and Belgian air and sea units, is ongoing, authorities in France say…..

#AceDailyNews says that a boat carrying 40-illegal-migrants starts sinking in English Channel just off-the-coast of Dunkirk sparking rescue involving French & Belgium rescue services today and were taken to a hospital in Calais…..

Thursday: 12 Aug 2021 2:44 pm

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One unconscious passenger was airlifted to hospital in Calais (Picture: Shutterstock)

Searches started at around 10am after a cargo ship reported that a boat carrying around 40 people was in difficulty off the coast of Dunkirk, with some people already overboard. 

An unconscious person taken aboard the cargo ship’s lifeboat and transferred onto a French Navy vessel was later airlifted to hospital in Calais.

He is believed to have suffered cardio-respiratory arrest and was evacuated aboard a Belgian Air Force helicopter.

Several others were also hoisted aboard the aircraft as the migrant boat was sinking while more were rescued by nearby fishing vessels. 

They were all transferred onto the French Navy’s Flamant patrol boat, which headed for the port of Dunkirk.

Search and rescue operations remained under way in the Dover Strait, with a French Navy helicopter continuing to scour the area.

Following days of bad weather, lighter conditions today have seen a flurry of crossing attempts.

The latest bids to reach the UK come after French authorities intercepted at least 108 people trying to cross the Channel yesterday, with one person having to be airlifted to hospital in Dunkirk.

More than 10,000 people including children have made the dangerous sea journey from France so far this year. 

This is considerably higher than the 8,410 people who made the crossing during 2020. 

Among them were Rasoul Iran-Nejad and his wife Shiva Mohammad Panahi, who died along with their three children when their boat capsized on October 27.

Their 15-month-old son Artin was reported missing following the tragedy and it was not until June this year that police confirmed a body found on the Norwegian coast was that of the young boy.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Aug.13: 2021:

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(LONDON) JUST IN: A devastating fire at a historic boatyard has destroyed a yacht that was used to rescue troops from Dunkirk during the Second World War #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.04: A devastating fire at a historic boatyard has destroyed a yacht that was used to rescue troops from Dunkirk during the Second World War:

Historic ship used to save people from Dunkirk in WW2 destroyed in boatyard fire: ‘The Lady Gay was lost in the blaze on Platts Eyot in Hampton, south west London, on Monday, according to the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships’

Tues.4 May 2021 10:26 am

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The huge fire at a boatyard on the River Thames has destroyed the Lady Gay, a boat used in the evacuation of Dunkirk (Picture: Resuters/Association of Dunkirk Little Ships)

Two other vessels, also used in the famous rescue mission, were moved to safety as the fire tore through two boat sheds.

A statement from the association confirmed the loss of the boat – known as a Dunkirk Little Ship or DLS – this morning. 

It said: ‘It is with great sadness that yesterday May 3rd 2021 Dunkirk Little Ship Lady Gay was destroyed in a blaze at the old Thornycroft sheds on Platts Eyot, Hampton. 

‘DLS Mary Irene and Elvin, who were also on site, were able to be moved to safety but today our thoughts are with Lady Gay’s owners in their loss of a truly wonderful little ship.’

Lady Gay, a 34ft Motor Yacht, was originally built in 1934 for Lord Alfred Dunhill and cost £1500. 

She was one of hundreds of small boats used to take troops off the beaches at Dunkirk and return them to the UK after the Nazis invaded France in 1940.

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The Lady Gay was built in 1934 (Picture: Association of Dunkirk Little Ships)
A fire raged through the boatyard yesterday
A fire raged through the boatyard yesterday
Firefighters tackle a blaze at a boatyard next to the River Thames, Hampton, west London, Britain, May 3, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
More than 100 firefighters were mobilised to try to put out the blaze (Picture: Reuters)

It’s understood she was on the slipway of Otter Marine, having just had some restoration work completed to get her ready for the coming season afloat.

Some people were seen attempting to rescue the small boats as the fire raged around them yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters managed to bring the blaze on the island in the River Thames under control late on Monday night. 

Boats have been built at Platts Eyot since 1868 and the sheds that have been destroyed were Grade II listed because of their historical importance. 

Crews were called soon before 5.15pm to reports of two industrial units on fire, London Fire Brigade (LFB) said in a statement.

Bystanders look on as firefighters tackle a blaze at a boatyard next to the River Thames, Hampton, west London, Britain, May 3, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Fire crews had to access the island on foot (Picture: Reuters)
Firefighters tackle a blaze at a boatyard next to the River Thames, Hampton, west London, Britain, May 3, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Some 15 fire engines were on the scene (Picture: Reuters)
The fire has devastated the boatyard (Picture: UkNewsinPictures)

Some 15 fire engines were at the scene on Monday evening, with crews forced to carry their equipment to the blaze by hand as the island can only be accessed via a footbridge.

Footage from the incident showed two large buildings at the Hampton Boat Sheds on fire, while subsequent photos showed just the charred remains of the structures.

LFB said its control room had received more than 60 calls about the fire. One man was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.04: 2021:

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