One dead and two missing after Channel rescue

Connie Queline

One dead and two missing after Channel rescue

Reuters

One person has died and two others are missing after a boat carrying migrants got into difficulty in the Channel.

According to French maritime authorities the boat had 50 migrants on board when it got into difficulty off the French coast on Wednesday.

Those on board told rescuers three people had gone overboard.

One person was recovered from the water but was unable to be resuscitated, the French maritime prefecture said. Two others could not be found.

Two French naval vessels and a helicopter were deployed.

A body was retrieved from the water but two other people reported missing could not be located and are presumed dead, according to the French authorities.

The other passengers on board were taken to safety.

A spokesperson for the UK government confirmed they had been notified about the incident “involving a small boat in French waters”.

“French authorities are leading the response and investigation. We will not be commenting further at this stage”, they said.

It was one of several rescues that took place on Wednesday – a total of 180 people had been rescued throughout the day.

Approximately 10 groups of people have tried to make the journey since Tuesday evening.

One of the boats reportedly split in half but it was close enough to where it had set off that the people on board were able to get back to dry land.

Overall, the number of attempted crossing last year fell by a third compared with 2022, but nearly 30,000 migrants still reached the UK coast.

Home Office figures show that more than 2,000 migrants have arrived in the UK so far this year.

Related Topics

  • UK immigration
  • English Channel
  • Immigration
  • Migration

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