Twelve migrants have managed to reach the English coast after crossing the Channel in a stolen French fishing boat, using what authorities said was a “unprecedented” means of getting to Britain.
French agents monitoring the coastline alerted their British counterparts after seeing a boat that was taking a “bizarre” route between 9.30pm and midnight on Monday, said Ingrid Parrot, spokesperson for maritime authorities in northern France.
Officials identified the 12-metre boat and contacted its owner, who said the vessel had been stolen from the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Agents from Britain’s Border Force intercepted the migrants on land around 1am after they crossed in calm waters, according to French authorities.
“It’s an unprecedented method,” Parrot said, noting that previous migrants had previously used rafts or small sailboats unfit for Channel crossings.
Britain’s coastguard confirmed it had assisted the Border Force but British authorities had yet to confirm…
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