Chaos as 100 migrants storm ferry in Calais
The travel plans of British tourists were disrupted over the weekend when a hundred migrants stormed a ship in Calais in a bid to get to the UK.
Published: March 8, 2019, 7:34 am
A number of ferries that were set to arrive in France from Britain were “held” in open water, while some had to be cancelled.
A source told the MailOnline that hundreds of immigrants stormed the port at around 8:30pm in the evening with ferries being ordered “not to dock” as chaos broke out. The migrants boarded a ferry that arrived from Dover. At least 46 were arrested by French police.
The siege started when the mob entered the port and used ladders to get on the ship. Two of those who stormed the ferry fell into the water and had to be rescued by fire crews.
More migrants were caught on the ferry MS Côtes des Dunes later, according to local paper Nord Littoral, which caused further delays.
One source told British tabloid The Sun: “It’s taken just over an hour for them to be dealt with, but this is something we can expect to see more of in the coming weeks.”
The stampede was reported on Twitter by stranded tourists. One said: “Currently sat on a P&O ferry outside Calais as captain say its closed due to over 100 migrants storming the port.”
Another confirmed the news: “Calais currently closed due to over 100 immigrants storming the port. Announcement from the captain of the boat that we were very lucky to get on. Currently bobbing up and down waiting for it to reopen.”
The arrested migrants are being held at Calais police headquarters while police said they continued to search the ship on Sunday morning.
A spokesman for the UK Home Office confirmed the “incident at the Port of Calais” on Saturday night which resulted in the port being “temporarily closed”.
According to statement: “An incident at the Port of Calais caused the port to be temporarily closed. Traffic (was) being held at the juxtaposed controls while French police and port authorities resolve the situation.”
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