After trying to cross the Channel from France to reach the UK, a man drowned. French rescue teams brought 30 others to safety.
When the boat carrying migrants was in difficulty near the French coast of Berck-sur-Mer (south of Boulogne), the man fell on the water.
The majority of the rescuers were aboard the dinghy. Five people, however, were pulled from a sandbank.
Friday’s drowning was believed to have been the first death in Channel 2022.
According to Prosecutors, the victim was in his 20s with Sudanese roots.
According to local media, the alarm was raised by someone who saw the boat in difficulty due to freezing temperatures. According to officials, some were experiencing hypothermia.
In the Channel, 27 drowned last November in what was the most serious incident with migrant boats in Britain since the Strait connecting northern France and the UK has been a favorite migration route.
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A number of boats and helicopters responded to Friday’s call. The man was unconscious when a crew from the lifeboat came to his aid.
France’s Channel, North Sea maritime authority and France’s Channel reported that the boat was towing up to shore. It then was found on the quayside. The boat was not found by an aerial search.
Last year, three times more people traveled across the English Channel by small boats than in 2020.
BBC figures show that at least 28431 migrants crossed the channel in 2021. The Channel has been crossed by more people than ever before. On Thursday 271 persons reached Kent Coast, surpassing the total of those who arrived in January 2020.
The French newspaper La Voix du Nord reports that authorities in Le Touquet stopped a crossroads involving mostly Syrians, Afghans, and Iranians. They also arrested two Syrian traffickers.
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