At least three dead, including children, after boat sinks off French coast

At least three people have died, including children, after a boat capsized in French waters while trying to reach the UK, human rights monitoring group Channel Rescue said.

In a statement on Tuesday, the French Regional Rescue and Surveillance Operational Center said the boat had been carrying 이민자 from Dunkirk, a commune on the French coast near Calais in northern France. Survivors who were pulled from the water have been taken into hospital for treatment in Calais and Dunkirk.
The death toll is unclear, as is the number of people who were traveling on the boat. Rescue operations are still underway.
하나, French prosecutors have opened an investigation to identify the cause of the boat sinking, the Regional Rescue and Surveillance Operational Center added.
    French Deputy Minister Marlene Schiappa expressed sadness at the incident and said the French government gave full support to the rescue operation.
    We learned with great sadness the sinking of a boat transporting 19 migrants to England. Despite the full involvements of state resources in the rescue operation, the death toll is heavy and still unclear,” Schiappa said on Twitter.
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered support to French authorities as they continued to investigate the incident and vowed tocrack downon gangs coordinating the journey.
    “[우리] will do all we can to crack down on the ruthless criminal gangs who prey on vulnerable people by facilitating these dangerous journey,” 그는 말했다.
    The message was also echoed by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel who said she wastruly saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life,” in the Channel today.
    This tragic news highlights the dangers that come with crossing the channel and I will do everything I can to stop callous criminals exploiting vulnerable people,” Patel said in a statement.

    Rise in crossings

    The number of asylum-seekers arriving to the UK by small boats from across the English Channel has risen considerably since April 2020.
    Between April and August 2020, 주위에 4,600 people entered Britain this way, up from around 1,800 in the whole of 2019, 에 따르면 House of Commons Library.
    Analysis from PA news agency found that more than 7,400 people have made the perilous crossing to the UK by boat this year.
    8 월, a man was found dead on a beach in Sangatte, 프랑스. He and a friend had tried to cross the English Channel, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, in an inflatable dinghy with shovels for paddles.
      Smugglers previously sent migrants across the Channel on trucks — 포함 39 people found dead in a lorry in Essex, near London, 지난 10 월.
      Sangatte Mayor Guy Allemand told CNN in September that more people were traveling on makeshift boatsdue to the increased surveillance in ports and tunnelsafter Franco-British security measures were ramped up last year.

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