A migrant has died after a boat ran into difficulty in the English Channel between France and the UK and France.
Thirty other people were rescued “healthy and sound”, including five found on a sandbar, 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 brought ashore unconscious but later pronounced dead. This is the first migrant death reported in the English Channel in 2022.
The French prosecutor’s office in Boulogne-sur-Mer announces that it has opened an investigation for manslaughter.
According to French maritime authorities, a total of 30 migrants have died trying to cross the English Channel in 2021, and four others are missing.
This includes 27 people died in the sinking of a boat off Calais on November 24.
Meanwhile, more than 28,000 people successfully crossed the dangerous shipping lane last year, three times the number in 2020, as reported by the Press Association.
Despite deteriorating winter conditions, authorities estimate around 400 boats are still trying to cross the English Channel each day.
Thursday, 60 castaways were rescued off Dunkirk and Calais during two rescue operations, according to the maritime prefecture.