Migrants storm UK-bound ferry at port of Calais

Elias Hubbard
March 4, 2019

On Sunday morning, police were still searching for up to four migrants believed to be hiding aboard the ship. Seems a very worrying security lapse at the Port of Calais.

"The attack occurred simultaneously as [state orders relating to the] Yellow Vests [protests] meant we were unable to call for any reinforcement from the riot and public order police force (CRS)", he said, adding that the number of attempts to storm the docks has been rising in recent months.

Among the ferries being delayed include the MS European Seaway and the Spirit of France - both P&O ferries - and the MS Côtes des Dunes, a ferry operated by DFDS Seaways.

Social media user Sotiri Dimpinoudis, writing on Twitter just after the immigrants stormed the port, wrote: "The docks of the seashore in Calais in France is on lockdown because hundreds of Illegal migrants of the "Calais jungle" stormed and breached through the fences and barriers, trying to sneak into a ship heading towards the United Kingdom".

Jean-Marc Puissesseau, head of the Calais and Boulogne port authority, said that the migrants...

A Pas-de-Calais prefecture official told Reuters news the migrants entered the port area on Saturday night and used ladders to climb onto a ferry that had arrived from Dover.

After they boarded the ferry on Saturday evening, some migrants spent the night in the funnel system of MS Calais Seaways, a DFDS line vessel.

Darrell J Martin wrote on Twitter: 'My daughter's stuck on a ferry outside Calais waiting to get in.

He added: "Two of the migrants fell into the water and were quickly recovered by the firefighters".

Seventeen migrants were arrested and detained following the incident, according to the regional daily La Voix du Nord - which initially reported that one crew member was injured "during an altercation with the migrants" but later updated the story to say "there were no injuries".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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