31 Migrants Die In English Channel After Boat Launched From France Capsizes

A ship of migrants heading for Britain capsized within the English Channel in what’s being known as the “largest tragedy” involving immigration within the crossing.(*31*)

The boat, which launched from France, had 34 folks on board when it capsized within the harmful crossing. Based on the Related Press, a French naval ship had noticed our bodies floating within the water of each deceased victims and injured survivors. Up to now, 31 folks had died, two have survived, and one passenger remains to be lacking.(*31*)

French Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin visited the survivors in a Calais hospital, whereas British Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned he was “shocked, appalled and deeply saddened” by the tragedy. The AP additionally mentioned that Johnson had convened a disaster committee assembly to find out what to do subsequent.(*31*)

The English Channel is taken into account to be one of the harmful ocean crossings on this planet, whereas additionally being a regularly-suggested migrant path by traffickers. Greater than 25,700 folks had crossed the English Channel this yr–greater than thrice than in all of 2020. Nonetheless, not everybody is ready to make it to British shores; authorities have been rescuing 1000’s of immigrants in rescue missions over the previous few weeks.(*31*)

“What number of extra occasions should we see folks lose their life attempting to succeed in security within the UK due to the woeful lack of secure means to take action?” mentioned Tom Davies of Amnesty Worldwide U.Okay. He serves because the group’s refugee and migrant rights marketing campaign supervisor.(*31*)

“We desperately want a brand new strategy to asylum,” he continued, “together with real Anglo-French efforts to plot secure asylum routes to keep away from such tragedies occurring once more.”(*31*)

The identities and nationalities of the passengers on board haven’t been launched.(*31*)

For extra reporting from The Related Press, see beneath.(*31*)

31 migrants died and others had been injured November 24, 2021, when their boat capsized off Calais within the English Channel as they tried to cross from France to Britain, authorities mentioned. British and French authorities had been looking the realm utilizing helicopters and coast guard vessels, in response to the French maritime company for the area. Above, French cops patrol on the seashore within the seek for migrants in Wimereux, northern France on November 17, 2021.
AP Photograph/Louis Witter, File

A joint French-British operation to seek for survivors was nonetheless below approach Wednesday night.(*31*)

Whereas the incident was the deadliest day within the channel to this point, Darmanin famous different lethal incidents previously and lashed out at “prison traffickers” driving 1000’s to danger the crossing.(*31*)

The 2 governments have lengthy been at odds over learn how to forestall the more and more harmful migrant crossings, with either side blaming the opposite for not doing sufficient.(*31*)

Three French patrol boats had been joined by a French helicopter and a British helicopter in looking the realm, in response to the French maritime company for the area.(*31*)

Jean-Marc Puissesseau, head of the ports of Calais and Boulogne, advised the Related Press that he spoke to one of many rescuers who introduced a few of the our bodies to the Calais port.(*31*)

“Traffickers are assassins,” he mentioned. “We had been ready for one thing like this to occur.”(*31*)

Whereas deaths are often reported on the crossing, such numerous folks shedding their lives in a single boat is uncommon.(*31*)

Folks fleeing battle in Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea and Sudan have been amongst these gathered alongside cities in northern France searching for to cross to Britain.(*31*)

“Robust emotion after the drama of quite a few lifeless within the sinking of a ship of migrants within the channel,” Darmanin tweeted. He slammed migrant smuggling networks that manage such journeys.(*31*)

The Dunkirk prosecutor’s workplace mentioned it opened an investigation for aggravated manslaughter within the wake of the tragedy.(*31*)

With changeable climate, chilly seas and heavy maritime site visitors, the crossing is harmful for the inflatables and different small boats that males, ladies and youngsters squeeze into.(*31*)

Johnson mentioned extra wanted to be finished to “break the enterprise mannequin of the gangsters who’re sending folks to sea on this approach.”(*31*)

A Royal Nationwide Lifeboat Establishment lifeboat carrying migrants approaches a seashore in Dungeness on the southeast coast of England on November 24, 2021, after they’re picked up crossing the English Channel. The previous three years have seen a major rise in tried Channel crossings by migrants, regardless of warnings of the hazards within the busy transport lane between northern France and southern England, which is topic to sturdy currents and low temperatures.
Photograph by Ben Stansall/AFP by way of Getty Pictures

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