A French border police officer controls a drone during a patrol of the beaches at Tardinghen near the northern port city of Calais on April 4, 2019. / AFP / DENIS CHARLET
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France's coast guard Sunday stopped a small boat with nine migrants – including a boy suffering mild hypothermia – from crossing the English Channel to reach Britain, it said in a statement.The nine, all of them male and most of them adults, said they were Iranians, the regional marine prefecture said in the statement. They were intercepted by a patrol vessel around 5.5 kilometers offshore, only a short way across the Channel, which is around 30 kilometers wide at its closest points.
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