Man drowns after migrant boat carrying 30 people capsizes in English Channel

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A man has died and around 30 other people have been rescued in the English Channel after their boat ran into difficulty as it attempted to cross from northern France to Britain on Friday, prosecutors said.

The victim is said to be in his twenties and of Sudanese origin, said the Boulogne-sur-Mer prosecutor’s office, adding that the others had been rescued in the waters off the village of Berck.

A record 28,000 migrants crossed the English Channel from France to the UK in small boats last year, according to a tally by the Press Association, sparking major diplomatic tensions between neighbours.

At least 27 people died on November 24, the deadliest disaster since migrants began taking to the water in large numbers instead of trying to hide in trucks or cars traveling between countries.

Crossings continued even through winter, with Friday’s attempt made in calm but cold weather.

The location of the boat rescued on Friday shows how smuggling gangs organize their operations over a wider area of ​​France’s northern coast.

The village is about 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of the port of Calais, a longtime hub for migrants, where French police efforts are also focused to prevent the departure of dinghies.


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