Person drowns in English Channel after desperate attempt to reach UK in freezing weather

The person was found overboard in freezing waters after a boat ran into difficulty, a day after at least 271 people reached the UK on Thursday.

Individual was found overboard in sub-zero conditions after a boat carrying 25 other people got into difficulty

One person pulled from the water in the English Channel has died, according to French authorities.

The individual was found overboard in negative conditions after a boat carrying 25 other people ran into difficulty off the coast of France.

Rescue teams recovered those on board, along with five others found on a sandbar.

The unconscious individual was brought ashore but pronounced dead.

No details of the last person to die attempting to cross the English Channel have yet been released.

It comes after at least 271 people on board 10 small boats reached the UK on Thursday, including a young child.

So far this year, more than 450 people have made the deadly journey across the English Channel in small boats after a record year in 2021.

Police officers next to a boat after a rescue operation to save people trying to cross the English Channel



Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said: “It is devastating to hear that another person has lost their life trying to cross the English Channel. Our hearts go out to them and their loved ones – who do not may not even know what happened yet.

“This loss comes far too soon after 27 people died late last year.

“Every death in the English Channel is a tragedy. It should be unacceptable to us that people have to make dangerous crossings in freezing conditions in search of safety. No one is putting their life in danger in this way unless they feel that he has no other choice and is quite desperate.

“There are no simple answers, but we urge the government to rethink its plans to make the UK asylum system harder to access.

“It should start with ambitious plans for safe new routes and a commitment to resettle 10,000 people a year.”

More than 28,300 people crossed the Strait of Dover in boats in 2021, triple the number for 2020.

This comes despite French authorities promising to spend millions of pounds to fix the problem.

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