‘Group of fishermen block RNLI lifeboat crew’ from helping migrants at sea

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A group of fishermen allegedly tried to stop a lifeboat from crossing the English Channel to rescue migrants.

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An incident occurred on Saturday 20 November, a few days earlier, killing at least 27 people, including some children, when canoe people-smugglers deflated and overturned them in the channel.

Zoe, who made a call on LBC, said she and her boyfriend saw fishermen in Hastings attempt to stop the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) vessel from participating in an incident at sea.

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He said that the fishermen shouted: “Don’t bring any more of them [migrants] Home, we are full”.

Zoe said on November 25: “On Saturday my boyfriend and I were at the beach and we heard the lifeboat station opening and thought ‘oh they have a call’ and started watching.

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“A group of fishermen were pulled over, eating fish on the shore, and as soon as the boat station opened, we heard the fishermen start shouting things like ‘Don’t bring any more of them home, we’re full’,’ So we closed our charity’, and really horrible stuff like that.

“It was really disturbing, and you could hear the disgust in his voice.

“The lifeboats pulled the boat out to go into the water and some fishermen deliberately came out with their buckets and stood directly in the line of the boat so as not to put the boat in the water.”

When LBC host James O’Brien asked her if she was “sure” about what she saw, she replied: “I’m pretty sure, the police were called.

“It really shook me to the core and we thought about it last night when we saw the news that people were dead again.”

An RNLI spokesperson confirmed that the incident had been reported to authorities, and that the lifeboat was eventually able to launch.

He said: “We can confirm that an incident was reported to the police. The lifeboat was able to launch and the station remains on service. ,

Following the RNLI statement, Mr O’Brien tweeted: “I had no reason to doubt my caller’s story, but I didn’t want it to be true…”

Sussex Police said in a statement: “After 4 p.m. on Saturday, 20 November, police were made aware of reports of disturbances near Hastings RNLI Lifeboat Station.

“A police officer also reached the spot while being supported by colleagues monitoring the situation on CCTV.

“No arrests were made.”

The Sentencing Council states that under the Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Act 2006, anyone found guilty of preventing a lifeboat worker from performing his duties is an offense punishable by an “unlimited” fine.

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Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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