A migrant has died after a boat struggled in the English Channel between France and the UK and France.
Thirty other people were rescued “healthy and healthy”, including five found on a sandbank, French authorities announced on Friday.
According to initial information, the migrant ship was trapped by the tide near the beaches of Berck-sur-Mer.
A male migrant – believed to be a young man from Sudan – was returned to shore unconscious but was later pronounced dead. This is the first migrant death reported in the Channel in 2022.
The French prosecutor’s office in Boulogne-sur-Mer has announced that it has opened an investigation for manslaughter.
According to French maritime authorities, a total of 30 migrants died trying to cross the Channel in 2021, and four others are missing.
This includes 27 people died in the sinking of a boat off Calais November 24 of last year.
Meanwhile, more than 28,000 people successfully crossed the dangerous seaway last year, three times more than in 2020, as reported by the Press Association.
Despite the worsening winter conditions, authorities estimate that around 400 boats still attempt to cross the Channel every day.
Thursday, 60 castaways were rescued off Dunkirk and Calais during two rescue operations, according to the French maritime prefecture.