At least six people were killed after a boat carrying migrants trying to cross the English Channel from France capsized on Saturday (12). French officials said two more people were believed to be missing.
The English Channel separates France from the United Kingdom. In an operation launched this Saturday, Nearly 60 migrants were rescued by boat and took the French and British forces ashore. However, searches are continuing, according to the French Maritime Prefecture.
Calais Mayor Franck Dercin said the rescue operation began at 6 a.m. local time (1 a.m. GMT), at a time when Dozens of ships attempted to cross the channel simultaneously.
Many boats are experiencing great difficulties. Near Sangat, unfortunately, some corpses have already been found.
Ann Thorell, a volunteer trying to help with the rescue, described the desperate efforts of migrants to scoop water from one of the sinking boats, while wearing their own shoes. “There were a lot of them on the boat,” he said.
A British Immigration Authority vessel and two lifeboats were trying to rescue other migrants in the English Channel.
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