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Be aware you may contravene French Law and be subsequently apprehended, charged and fined by the French Authorities under the new French rule "rule 28" brought into force as of June 2013 if you enter French waters while attempting a Channel crossing without the correct written permission.
Be aware that you could be faced with liability for damages if you contributed to an incident involving other persons or vessels, and should consider obtaining insurance cover against such events;
Inform both British Coastguards at Dover MRCC and the French Authorities via CROSS Gris Nez and Cherbourg of any attempt you intend to make and be sure you have the correct written permission from the French authorities to enter French waters.
Use an escort boat properly equipped to ensure the safety of your crossing and which complies with the Merchant Shipping (Small Work Boats and Pilot Boats) Regulations and the new EU rules and "MLC 2006" regulations now in place.
Be aged 16 or over on the date of the attempt.
IMPORTANT ADDRESSES ARE:
UK COASTGUARD The Maritime and Coastguard Agency HM Coastguard, Langdon Battery Swingate DOVER Kent CT15 5NA Tel: +44 (0)1304 218500 (Office hours) +44 (0)1304 210008 (H24) Fax: +44 (0)1304 218505 (Office hours) +44 (0)1304 202137 (H24) Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org (H24) Web site: www.mcga.gov.uk
CNIS Manager Dover MRCC DDI: +44 1304 218503 MOB: +44 7730 812921 FAX: +44 1304 218505
FRENCH MARITIME AUTHORITY
Requests for permission: Channel Crossing Permissions Division action de l'Etat en mer 50115 Cherbourg Octeville CEDEX France
Centre Regional Operational De Surveillance et de Sauvetage CROSS Gris-Nez Audinghen 62179 Wissant FRANCE Telephone: (00 33) 3 21 87 21 87 Fax: (00 33) 3 21 87 78 55
Pedro BoatsUK/CS&PS (Channel Swimming & Piloting Services) E-mail: email@example.com Website: http://www.channelswimming.net Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation (CS&PF) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.cspf.co.uk Channel Swimming Association (CSA) Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.channelswimmingassociation.com
Channnel Swimming & piloting Services (CS&PS) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.adventurerowing.co.uk Pedro Boats UK/Dover Sea School - Seacraft Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.doverseaschool.co.uk Channel Crossing Association (CCA) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.channelcrossingassociation.com