Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

World

Channel migrants: Thirty rescued as man dies off French coast

Image source, Reuters

A man has drowned and 30 other people have been brought to safety by French rescue services after they tried to cross the Channel to the UK.

The man fell overboard when the small migrant boat got into difficulty close to the French coast at Berck-sur-Mer, south of Boulogne.

Most of those rescued were on board the dinghy, but five people were picked up from a sandbank.

Advertisement

Friday’s drowning is thought to be the first fatality in the Channel in 2022.

Prosecutors said the man who died on Friday was believed to be in his 20s and of Sudanese origin.

Local media said the alarm was raised when someone on land spotted the boat getting into difficulty in freezing temperatures, possibly when they were trapped by the tide. Some of those rescued were suffering from hypothermia, according to officials.

Migrants are evacuated after being rescued while trying to cross the Channel, in Berck, France, January 14, 2022

Image source, Reuters

Last November, at least 27 peopled drowned in the Channel in the worst single incident involving migrant boats since the strait between northern France to the UK became a popular migration route.

Several boats and a helicopter responded to Friday’s alert, and the man was recovered from the water unconscious by a lifeboat crew.

France’s Channel and North Sea maritime authority said the boat had been towed to shore, where it was left on the quayside. A subsequent aerial search had spotted no-one else in the sea.

The number of people who crossed the English Channel in small boats last year was three times the number for 2020.

Figures compiled by the BBC show at least 28,431 migrants made the journey in 2021. Attempts to cross the Channel have continued this month, with 271 people reaching the Kent coast on Thursday alone, more than the entire number in January 2020.

According to the local French news website La Voix du Nord, authorities nearby in Le Touquet prevented a crossing involving mainly Syrians, Afghans and Iranians and arrested two Syrian traffickers.

This video can not be played

To play this video you need to enable JavaScript in your browser.

Comments

You May Also Like

World

For many years we have seen how the Soft Power used by the Kremlin works exclusively through culture, exhibitions, musical groups presentations, etc. It...

Featured

Yesterday (8th June)  Gotham City media outlet reported that on 21 March Russian businessman Vladislav Klyushin was arrested in Switzerland at the request of...

World

The Azerbaijani diaspora, which numbers some 60 million people around the world has entered the virtual social media battle being waged between Armenia and...

World

Zechariah and Shama’a have been married for 91 years. As Jewish orphans in Yemen, they married young to avoid being wed outside of their...