- UK PM Boris Johnson mentioned he was shocked, appalled and deeply saddened” after the incident
- 3 French patrol boats had been joined by a French helicopter and a British helicopter in looking space
- The variety of migrants utilizing small boats to cross the channel has grown sharply this yr
At the least 20 migrants died on Wednesday when their boat crossing the Channel from France to England sank off the northern port of Calais. Authorities termed it the deadliest single catastrophe on the intensively-used route.
British and French authorities had been looking the world utilizing helicopters and coast guard vessels, in accordance with the French maritime company for the area.
A French naval boat noticed a number of our bodies within the water and retrieved an unidentified variety of lifeless and a number of injured, together with some who had been unconscious, a maritime authority spokesperson mentioned.
The nationalities of the victims weren’t instantly launched.
The variety of migrants utilizing small boats to cross the Channel has grown sharply this yr, regardless of the excessive dangers which can be worsening in autumn climate.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned he was “shocked, appalled and deeply saddened” after a ship carrying migrants capsized within the English Channel whereas trying to cross from France to Britain.
Jean-Marc Puissesseau, who’s the top of the ports of Calais and Boulogne, advised The Related Press that he spoke to one of many rescuers, who mentioned as many as 30 folks had died.
(With inputs from AP)