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P&O ferry rescues migrant trying to swim from France to UK | UK news

A migrant wearing a wetsuit has been saved by a ferry off the coast of Calais in northern France after he tried to swim across the Channel to Britain, maritime authorities have said.

On Monday, the crew of the Pride of Canterbury P&O ferry spotted the man, understood to be in his 30s, about 12 miles off the French coast. The ferry made a U-turn to “retrieve him from the sea”, the French maritime authorities for the Channel and North Sea said.

The man was suffering from “severe hypothermia” and was taken by a French navy helicopter to a hospital in Calais, authorities said.

At least four migrants have died so far this year attempting to make the dangerous crossing in the Channel, with its strong currents and very cold waters.

In October, two young Iraqi men were found dead on a beach in Le Touquet in northern France. And in August, a 30-year-old Iraqi woman perished when she fell off a boat overcrowded with migrants. Then the body of an Iraqi man who tried to swim across the Channel was found off the coast of Belgium.

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