Six lifeless and dozens rescued after migrant boat capsizes whereas crossing Channel

Six folks have died after a migrant boat capsized within the English Channel.

Authorities mentioned dozens of individuals had been rescued after their boat struggled within the water on Saturday morning.

A lot of folks had been introduced off lifeboats on stretchers. French authorities mentioned six folks had been recovered in a severe situation and had been later pronounced lifeless after being taken to hospital in Calais.

The assertion from France’s Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea mentioned two British ships and several other French vessels had been concerned within the operation.

“Notre Dame du Risban”, an SNSM lifeboat, enters the port of Calais following a rescue operation after a migrant boat attempting to cross the Channel from France capsized.


The 37 folks rescued by French sources are presently being cared for on land on the port of Calais, authorities mentioned.

The British RNLI boat which rescued 10 shipwrecked folks additionally had survivors of one other operation on board. It isn’t but clear if these on board had been additionally migrants.

The RNLI boat will take the ten shipwreck survivors it rescued to Dover.

It is known that Home Secretary Suella Braverman will chair a gathering with Border Force officers this morning.

A UK authorities spokesperson mentioned: “We are aware of an incident in the Channel. HM Coastguard are working on a co-ordinated response and further information will be provided in due course.”

Early on Saturday morning, data was acquired from a patrol boat {that a} migrant boat was sinking off Sangatte, the assertion mentioned.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution mentioned a Dover-based volunteer lifeboat crew launched simply earlier than 4am to reply to the incident.

Rescued migrants sit on a French rescue ship after a migrant boat attempting to cross the Channel from France capsized.


A volunteer on one of many rescue boats informed Reuters how migrants had been utilizing footwear to bale water out of the sinking boat.

She informed the information company how “there were too many on the boat,” after her group saved 54 folks.

An investigation has additionally been opened by the Boulogne prosecutor’s workplace.

Shadow immigration minister Stephen Kinnock mentioned the most recent incident was an “appalling, deeply shocking tragedy”.

“We must stop these crossings and defeat the criminal people smugglers.

“There can be no more headline-chasing gimmicks or madcap schemes that just make everything worse,” he wrote on Twitter.

This comes simply days after 41 migrants died after their ship sank near Tunisia.

At least 50 individuals are thought to have drowned making an attempt to cross the Channel since 2018, whereas others have misplaced their lives making an attempt to board lorries and trains in France, or stroll via the Channel Tunnel.

On Thursday, folks had been rescued from one other sinking dinghy that had reached British waters. The RNLI mentioned it pulled a number of folks from the water however believed everybody was accounted for.

The earlier day, French authorities reported six kids affected by hypothermia had been taken to hospital after their boat went down off the coast close to Sangatte.

The International Organization of Migration mentioned the shipwreck means over 1,800 folks have died or gone lacking within the central Mediterranean, essentially the most energetic and harmful migration route on this planet.

The variety of migrants crossing the British Channel over the past five-and-a-half years was mentioned to surpass 100,000 on Thursday, because the variety of small boat crossings hit a every day excessive for 2023.

Nearly 16,000 folks have crossed the Channel in a small boat this yr.

All 39 folks moved on to the Bibby Stockholm have now been evacuated.

(PA Wire)

Yesterday it was introduced that each one asylum seekers will likely be moved off the housing barge Bibby Stockholm after micro organism was present in its water system.

All 39 folks had been evacuated from the barge and will likely be briefly positioned again in inns, with a date but to be confirmed for the migrants to return to the floating lodging.

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