More than 30 immigrants drowned after a ship capsized near Calais, France while trying to cross the English Channel to the UK. This is the worst such tragedy in history, involving illegal crossing of waterways.
The accident happened on Wednesday, when a group of immigrants tried to take advantage of calm sea conditions to cross to Britain. However, the waters of the English Channel are currently very cold, which may be responsible for the large number of deaths.
French fishermen initially discovered the capsized ship and multiple bodies nearby, and they alerted the authorities to prompt rescue operations. At least 31 people were killed in the accident, Franck Dhersin, deputy director of regional transportation and mayor of Teteghem, told Reuters. The death toll is expected to increase further, as at least two people are still reported missing.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex said the accident was “tragedy,” Blame it on human traffickers and other promoters of illegal immigration.
“Sinking in the English Channel is a tragedy. My heart is with the many missing and injured victims of the smuggling criminals who took advantage of their pain and suffering,” Caster Tweet.
His British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also expressed a similar reaction, saying that he was “Shocked and shocked, deeply saddened” Through death. The Prime Minister called an emergency COBRA meeting on this incident to assess the situation.
The incident was the largest loss of life caused by the capsizing of a migrant ship in the English Channel. Prior to the drowning incident on Wednesday, the largest such accident occurred in October last year, when a family of five died while trying to cross the UK.
The flow of illegal immigrants in the strait has increased this year, with more than 25,700 people crossing the waterway for dangerous journeys, which is known for its heavy maritime traffic and strong currents. The number so far this year is already three times the total number of border crossings registered in 2020.
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