And the patrol ship of the National Navy rescued 27 people, the engine of the boat they were on board, 13 km north of Calais, broke down, according to a statement from the Maritime Directorate of the Manche and the North Sea.
Shortly thereafter, another boat, which had a malfunctioning engine, 15 km north of Escalis, sent a distress call, and 33 people were rescued by a speedboat belonging to the Naval Gendarmerie and a patrol ship from the Navy.
They were all taken safely to Calais, where they were handed over to fire brigades and border police.
And since the end of 2018, the illegal Channel crossings of migrants seeking to reach Britain have multiplied, despite repeated warnings from the authorities, stressing the dangers resulting from the intensity of navigation, strong currents and low water temperatures.
In 2020, more than 9,500 such crossing attempts were recorded, four times more than in 2019, according to a report issued by the Maritime Directorate.
Six people were killed and three missing, after four people died in 2019.