More than 30 migrants have drowned when their boat capsized in Calais, France, in an attempt to cross the English Channel to Britain, the worst tragedy ever involving an illegal waterway crossing.
The accident happened on Wednesday, when a group of migrants tried to take advantage of the calm sea conditions to go to the UK. The English Channel water, however, is currently very cold, which has contributed to a large number of deaths.
The wrecked boat and several nearby bodies were initially found by French fishermen, who alerted authorities and called for rescue. At least 31 people were killed in the crash, regional transport deputy chief and Tetegam mayor Frank Dhersin told Reuters. The death toll is expected to rise as at least two people are still missing.
The prime minister of France, Jean Castex, called the accident a “Tragedy” Blaming human traffickers and other facilitators of illegal immigration.
“The drowning of the English Channel is a tragedy. My thoughts go out to the many missing and injured victims of criminal trafficking who exploit their grief and suffering. ” Castex Tweeted.
A similar reaction was expressed by his British counterpart Boris Johnson, who said he was “Shocked and shocked and deeply saddened” By deaths. The prime minister called an emergency cobra meeting to assess the situation.
This is the biggest loss of life in the channel since the same immigrant boat capsized. Before Wednesday’s sinking, the biggest such accident was recorded in October last year, when five members of an immigrant family died trying to reach the UK.
The channel has seen an increase in illegal immigration this year, with more than 25,700 people making perilous voyages on waterways, known for heavy sea traffic and strong currents. The number as of this year is three times the total number of crossings registered in 2020.
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