A Dangerous Channel Journey with a safe landing — and a child enjoys a treat

WIMEREUX, France, November 24 (Reuters) – Bundled up from the cold in black wool hats and puffy coats, some in red life jackets, the migrants pulled the dinghy on their shoulders and heads under a steel November sky, over the dunes towards the beach.

France says It’s working hard to stop illegal crossings of the English Channel, which separates continental Europe from Great Britain, but the group of more over 40, including six children, who cast off away from Wimereux in Northern France at daybreak on Wednesday.

Ahead lay icy waters and what of the worldthe busiest shipping lanes. Thirty-one people drowned off the coast of Northern France when their dinghy capsized in the worst disaster on record involving migrants in the canal on Wednesday. But later in the day, Reuters witnessed the group die cast off in the Wimereux area is helped ashore in Southern England by rescue workers. read more

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The group launched their bid for Great Britain shortly after sunrise. about 15 men carried the dinghy, walking in the direction of the sea. Families followed with their children. behind them men lugging an outboard motor.

A man held a young boy by the hand. Two others wore smaller children on their shoulders, while women carried stuff.

AN group of more than 40 migrants with children to get on an inflatable dinghy, when they leave the coast of Northern France around the Channel over to cross, near Wimereux, France, November 24, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

A French police truck on the way to the group, flashed met his lights and circled the migrants in an apparent attempt to block them path to the sea.

A woman met An small child stepped in front of the vehicle and late out a wail. The police vehicle stopped. Shortly afterwards it is left to patrol another part of the beach.

With the police gone, the migrants scrambled together over the sand to the shore, loaded the children on the dinghy and pushed it out to the sea. While a woman in wading through the scorching cold water, she confirmed where they were going: “Go UK”, she shouted back to Reuters, before we met waving a plastic bag containing possessions on her head to keep it dry.

waist-high in the surf, more people withdrew on the dinghy, helped by them already on board. Bee last, the small boat was packed. Some of the migrants waved as they left the coastline.

Hours later they landed in near Dungeness, accompanied by a lifeboat.

A Border Force official helped one young child wearing a signature coat met tartan pattern die we’ve seen before in France. The child sucked on a piece of candy while walking slowly up the beach.

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Additional reporting by Gonzalo Fuentes and Henry Nicholls Editing by Ingrid Melander, Peter Graff and Leslie Adler

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