UK Yacht Organisation Warns Sailors Against Rescuing Migrants at Sea in Fear of Prosecutionon November 24, 2021 at 7:57 pm

The UK’s Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has cautioned sailors about rescuing channel crossing migrants as it’s feared a proposed change in the law may expose the sailors to prosecution if they bring the migrants to the British shore. The Telegraph said the association advised sailors to “stand off and report” migrants instead of carrying out rescues themselves. It comes after a Labour MP pointed out that the government’s effort to update the country’s immigration law may result in good samaritans getting penalised. Crossing the English Channel in small boats has become the main route for migrants to enter the UK with more than 23,000 illegal immigrants succeeding so far this year. The government has argued that there’s no reason for asylum seekers to embark on the perilous journey from European countries which can provide protection. To tighten the law against people smuggling, the current version of the government’s new Nationality and Borders …

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