The information that two inflatable boats with illegal migrants were intercepted by the French coast guard was published by the Russian socio-political, business newspaper Izvestia on October 4, 2019. According to the French Maritime Prefecture of the English Channel and the North Sea, a total of 31 people were brought ashore.
The Russian media write that on the morning of October 4th, the maritime prefecture received a warning from the Regional Operational Monitoring and Rescue Center (CROSS) that boats with 13 and 18 migrants on board were in distress north of the city of Calais. It was also clarified that the passengers themselves asked for help.
On board of the first boat were 11 men, one woman and one teenager, and on board of the second – 14 adults and four children. According to preliminary data, several people were brought ashore with hypothermia. The Coast Guard officers who arrived at the scene provided first aid to the victims, after that the refugees were taken to the Dunkirk and Gravlin cities.
In order to factcheck this information, we visited the official website of the English Channel Prefecture and the North Sea and in the section called «Actualités» we found the tab «Communiqués de presse» (press releases). In the October news, there is a statement called «Sauvetage de deux embarcations de migrants au large de Calais» (Salvation of two boats with migrants off the coast of Calais), in which the procedure for rescuing migrants is written by the hour and the conclusion is made that «they are all safe and sound due to the efficiency and responsiveness of the subjects operating daily at sea to protect human lives: the marine prefecture and its CROSS GRATIS maritime operations center, Dauphin helicopter, French Navy, as well as SNSM Dunkirk and Gravlin crews».
Consequently, we may conclude that the news published by Izvestia newspaper is true.
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RESEARCH | ARTICLE © Anna Shasheva, South Ural State University, RU