UK 'search And Rescue Response' After More Channel Crossings
Sumaira FH 10 days ago Wed 11th September 2019 | 07:56 PM
British authorities said on Wednesday they were coordinating "a search and rescue response" and had taken one person to hospital by helicopter following fresh attempts by migrants to cross the Channel in small boats
"HM Coastguard has been coordinating a search and rescue response to an incident off Kent," a spokeswoman for Britain's Maritime and Coastguard Agency said of the new incidents Wednesday.
"One person has been taken to hospital by the coastguard helicopter," she added, noting the agency had sent lifeboats and rescue teams while Britain's border force had sent a vessel.
The operation was in response to two boats carrying nearly 20 migrants, according to the BBC.
Since January, 1,450 migrants have been rescued either by British or French coastguards -- more than double the number who tried to cross in 2018 -- according to official French figures released last month.
Interior minister Priti Patel met her French counterpart in Paris last month, when they agreed "to deploy more resources along the French coast to intercept and stop crossings," her department said.
Some had already made it ashore while others were still at sea when they were detained.