At least six people have died and more than 50 have been rescued after a migrant boat capsized while crossing the English Channel. In the last five years the number of small boats crossing the English Channel has exceeded 100,000.
France: A boat capsized in the English Channel, killing six people on the spot. Two people are still missing. According to survivors, there were 65 migrants on board. Britain’s Home Secretary Braverman and French Prime Minister Bourne have expressed condolences to the victims.
Massive rescue operation underway
Local mayor Frank Dersin said a massive rescue operation was launched at 6:00 am, as dozens of boats attempted the crossing at the same time when the accident occurred.
Mayor gave information about the accident by tweeting
Mayor Frank Dersin tweeted on an X and informed about the accident. He tweeted that another accident happened on the Calais/Vicente coast. Many migrants have drowned in the accident. Due to the daily accidents on the English Channel, the mayor said in a tweet that one day we will have to stop recording the statistics of deaths in the Channel and the Mediterranean Sea. The mayor also shared a photo in which the rescue team is seen rescuing people. According to foreign media, six people have died in the accident so far. Whereas, two passengers are still injured. The victims of the accident told that there were a total of 65 to 66 people in the boat. Local French officials say more than 20 people have been taken to Dover by British authorities.
HM Coast Guard helped in rescue
HM Coast Guard said it was assisting the French authorities in their response to the incident involving the small boat. A Dover RNLI lifeboat has been dispatched as part of that assistance, along with Folkestone and Langdon Bay Coast Guard rescue teams, he said. The UK Coastguard is also working with the South East Coast Ambulance Service.
salute to french navy
French Prime Minister Elizabeth Borne also made a tweet in the matter. He said that my condolences are with the dead. I salute the commitment of the French Navy. The Navy has saved the lives of about fifty people.
More than 1 lakh people crossed
In the last five years the number of people crossing the English Channel in small boats has exceeded 100,000. The Channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and has strong currents.
The English Channel is one of the busiest waterways in the world. Deaths have become common in the rough seas due to overloading of ships.