French authorities have rescued dozens of migrants trying to cross the English Channel as unusually mild weather encourages a hike in departures.
France rescues 61 migrants in channel
France has rescued 61 migrants including small children in the English Channel in one of the largest emergency operations in recent months as calm seas drew a rush of migrants in small boats toward the coast of Britain.
Rescue workers in the port of Boulogne, where the migrants were brought ashore, said about 30 people had to be plucked out of the cold waters as they rushed to climb aboard a French rescue vessel from their rubber dinghy, which had been taking on water.
Officials said the rescue took place about one nautical mile inside British territorial waters.
Afghan, Indian, Iranian and Pakistani nationals were aboard the dinghy, which left the French coast early on Tuesday morning, the refugees said.