More than 20 migrants died after their boat capsized in the English Channel, new police confirm

Paris: More than 20 migrants died after their boat capsized in the English Channel, the French interior minister told the AFP news agency. According to preliminary reports, fishermen have found 15 bodies floating in the water. On the other hand, a French naval vessel found five bodies and five other people unconscious.Read also – Maharashtra boat capsizes: Death toll rises to 10; 1 person is still missing

The incident happened as these migrants were crossing the English Channel from France to England and their boat sank off the northern port of Calais. Read also – Maharashtra boat capsizes: 3 dead, several dreaded drowned in Amravatis Varada river, search operation underway

In a statement, the French Interior Ministry said French patrol vessels found bodies and people unconscious in the water after a fisherman sounded the alarm about the accident. Read also – 5 dead, 5 missing after boat capsized in Bihar’s Gandak river

Local authorities told news agencies that three helicopters and three boats have been deployed to take part in the search operation.

“The disaster in the canal is a tragedy,” said Prime Minister Jean Castex. “My thoughts go out to the many missing and wounded, victims of criminal smugglers who are exploiting their distress and misery,” he wrote on Twitter.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said on Twitter that he was on his way to the site. “Strong emotions ahead of the tragedy with the numerous deaths due to the capsizing of a boat of migrants in the English Channel,” Darmanin wrote.

Another Interior Ministry official told French news agencies that the National Navy had found “several bodies, including five people and five others were unconscious.

So far this year, nearly three migrants have drowned off the coast of Calais, while four people are missing. Meanwhile, Britain has called for tougher action from France to stop migrants on the journey.

According to updates from the French authorities, more than 31,500 people have tried to travel to the UK since the beginning of the year, and 7,800 people have been rescued at sea, figures that have doubled since August.

Seven people have been confirmed dead or are still missing, dreaded drowning after various incidents this year.

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