Migrants scramble aboard Calais ferry, sparking police sweep

LILLE, France (AFP) – Dozens of migrants scrambled aboard a cross-Channel ferry late Saturday in the northern French port of Calais, sparking a vast overnight police sweep of the ship, officials said yesterday.

Some 100 migrants, trying to reach Britain, broke through the port’s perimeter and “around 50 of them managed to get aboard a ferry” which had just arrived from Dover, in England, senior regional official Jean-Philippe Vennin told AFP.

The migrants clambered aboard the Danish-operated DFDS ferry by using a maintenance ladder at high tide, he added.

“Two of the migrants fell into the sea and were quickly rescued by firemen,” Vennin said.