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UK News Children among dead after migrants’ boat capsizes in English Channel

10:10  28 october  2020
10:10  28 october  2020 Source:   france24.com

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At least four migrants have drowned in the English Channel after a boat , reported to be carrying mostly Iranian illegal migrants , capsized on the way Four migrants , including a man, a woman, and two small children have tragically died. The death toll may still increase, however, as searches at sea

Two children , aged five and eight, are among four have died after a migrant -carrying boat capsized on Tuesday, French officials confirmed. The incident comes just a week after a man was discovered dead on a beach near Calais after having drowned in a failed attempt to cross the Channel .

Four people including two children died on Tuesday in the Channel between France and Britain after their small boat sank, making it the most deadly day for migrants trying to cross the narrow waterway.

a small boat in a body of water © AFP - SAMEER AL-DOUMY

One man drowned, while a woman and two children aged five and eight died after being pulled from the water along with 14 other people, according to the local authority of the Nord department.

Some of those rescued, including the two children, went into cardiac arrest, while others suffered hypothermia.

Authorities in northern France said around 6:00 pm (1700 GMT) that those rescued had been sent to hospitals in Calais and Dunkirk, with one man gravely ill but no longer in danger of dying.

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Four migrants , two children among them, died Tuesday after the boat in which they had set out from France to try and reach Britain capsized in the English Channel , French officials said. One man drowned when the boat sank, while a woman and two children aged five and eight died after they

Border patrol agents bring migrants into Dover harbour on a boat , after they tried to cross the channel in September 2020 [File Four people, including two children , have died after the small boat in which they had set out from France to try and reach the United Kingdom capsized in the English Channel

The group's small fishing boat capsized in the Channel at about 9:30 am in stormy conditions.

A passing English vessel reported that the vessel was in trouble, triggering a large search and rescue operation involving six boats with three aircraft.

There were believed to have been about 20 migrants on board -- apparently from Iran, according to French authorities -- meaning more may still be missing.

No further people from the boat were found before the search was called off as night fell, French authorities said.

Border police are now investigating the incident.

Dangerous crossing

British Home Secretary Priti Patel said in a tweet she was "truly saddened" by the deaths and that Britain has offered its support to France's investigation.

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Two children aged 5 and 8 are among four people who died Tuesday after a boat carrying migrants toward the U.K. sank off the coast of France. Johnson has long faced pressure to stem the flow of small boats crossing the English Channel from France, and pledged in August to work with the

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"The tragic news highlights the dangers that come with crossing the channel and I will do everything I can to stop callous criminals exploiting vulnerable people," she added.

A growing number of migrants have tried to reach Britain across the perilous and busy shipping lane in recent months, with four deaths recorded in 2019 and now seven so far this year.

Two men's bodies have been found on the beach at Sangatte on the outskirts of Calais since August, while another was found in the harbour at the Channel port in May.

In September, French authorities said they had intercepted over 1,300 people trying to reach the UK, including a handful who had attempted to swim the 30-odd kilometres (18.6 miles) across the Channel.

Around 6,200 had attempted the crossing by the end of August, with inflatable boats, paddleboards, kayaks or even lifejackets to keep them afloat.

Northern France has long been a magnet for people seeking to smuggle themselves to Britain in small boats or in one of the tens of thousands of trucks and cars that cross over daily on ferries and trains.

France calls off search after capsize in Channel kills 4

  France calls off search after capsize in Channel kills 4 PARIS (AP) — French rescuers say there is no hope of finding any more survivors from a boat carrying migrants that capsized while trying to cross the English Channel to England. Emergency services called off their search on Tuesday night because of darkness and bad weather. They did not resume Wednesday morning because there was no chance of finding anyone still alive, according to an official with the French maritime agency for the Channel and North Sea region.

The group’s small fishing boat capsized in the Channel at about 9.30am, the official, Hervé An English yachtsman reportedly raised the alarm, sparking a large search and rescue operation from the French Tourmente said the boat was carrying Iranian migrants including men, women and children .

PARIS — At least four people, including two young children , died Tuesday when a boat carrying at least 19 migrants capsized off France while trying to cross the English Channel to Britain, French French authorities reported four migrant deaths in total in small boats crossing the Channel in 2019.

The issue has been a source of tension, with Britain accusing France of not doing enough to stop the crossings.

'Lives on the line'

Migrants' eagerness to reach Britain is down to "atrocious conditions in France," said Claire Millot of the Salam migrant support organisation.

"They can't claim asylum in France, because most have been registered in other European countries. It's easier to work off the books in England, to find somewhere to live," Millot said.

"They're putting their lives on the line" to cross the Channel, she added.

NGO Save the Children appealed to the French and British governments to provide "safe and legal routes for desperate families fleeing conflict, persecution and poverty".

The Channel "must not become a graveyard for children," it added.

(AFP)

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