Migrant in his twenties drowns in English Channel

32 rescued but suffering from hypothermia

14 January, 15:54

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, JAN 14 - A young migrant believed to be in his twenties drowned on Friday morning in the English Channel.

    He and over 30 others had been trying to cross from France to Britain in a makeshift vessel. He died in Berck, in the French department of Pas-de-Calais, Agence France Presse quoted the Boulogne-sur-Mer prefect's office as saying.

    The victim is believed to have been a Sudanese national, according to the local prosecutor's office, which has opened an investigation for manslaughter.

    This is the first known death of a migrant in the English Channel in 2022 after a some 30 migrants died and four went missing in 2021.

    The prosecutor's office said that 32 other people who had been trying to cross the English Channel had been rescued and brought to land by French rescue teams but that they are suffering from hypothermia.

    The migrants were on a "semi-rigid dinghy", the local prosecutor's office said. (ANSAmed).

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