A young migrant died on Friday, January 14, following an attempt to cross the Channel with around thirty other exiles who were rescued off Berck (Pas-de-Calais), announced the prosecution of Boulogne-sur-Mer at Agence France-Presse.
The victim, a man in his twenties, is a priori of Sudanese nationality, said the prosecution, which opened an investigation against X for “manslaughter”. The report of the maritime prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea for 2021 reports 30 dead and 4 missing, including 27 migrants who died on November 24 when their boat sank off the coast of Calais, the worst tragedy to have occurred on this migratory route.
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32 people rescued
According to the prosecution, 32 people who attempted the crossing on Friday with the young victim were rescued “safe and sound”, but in a state of “hypothermia”. According to a source close to the investigation, the migrants were on “a semi-rigid canoe”. They may have been trapped by the tide, with some of them found on sandbanks.
Crossings of the English Channel in small boats reached in 2021 a number of 28,000 people, according to the British press agency PA. The phenomenon, which has developed strongly since 2018 in the face of the closure of the port of Calais and the Eurotunnel, which migrants used to hide in vehicles, poisons relations between London and Paris.
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