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(The Sun) ‘Europe’s most determined migrant’ found crossing the Channel on flimsy raft made from plant pots and sticks

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Tuesday, 04 June 2019




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‘Europe’s most determined migrant’ found crossing the Channel on flimsy raft made from plant pots and sticks

  • By Jacob Dirnhuber
The sides of the v-shaped raft were made from large flower pots filled with plastic bottles and insulation foam. Pic: KNRM© Other The sides of the v-shaped raft were made from large flower pots filled with plastic bottles and insulation foam. Pic: KNRM

A REFUGEE has been dubbed Europe's most determined migrant after coastguards caught him trying to cross the Channel on a dinghy made of RUBBISH.

The desperate man - thought to be from Eritrea - was rescued from a busy shipping lane as he tried to get to Britain on his homemade raft.

The man was trying to cross to Britain from the NetherlandsCredit: @KNRM

The ramshackle raft was held together with rope
 

It was held together with rope, and the hull was made of empty plastic bottles and construction foam.

The migrant, 26, was handed over to border control after the Dutch coastguard found him off the coast of Imuiden, Netherlands.

He was found with a jerrycan full of supplies and a solar panel to charge his phone.
The wood-framed raft was spotted around one kilometre from the Dutch North Sea coast. Pic: KNRM© Other The wood-framed raft was spotted around one kilometre from the Dutch North Sea coast. Pic: KNRM

MIGRANT SURGE

Coastguard spokesman Edward Zwitser said: "He was already on the approach route [to Amsterdam] used by large ships.

"A captain of a large ship would overlook him and sail over him.

"He could sink or capsize and, moreover, [the boat] cannot be steered.

"You need a motor or well-functioning sail for that."
a raft next to a body of water: The wood-framed raft was made of flower pots, empty bottles and insulation foam. Pic: KNRM© Other The wood-framed raft was made of flower pots, empty bottles and insulation foam. Pic: KNRM
 

'Migrant' sailing to UK on raft made of flower pots rescued - MSN.com


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