Man dies in Channel after boat of 31 people falls into difficulty

Man dies in Channel after boat of 31 people falls into difficulty
Individual found overboard and unconscious in French waters in early hours of Friday

A man has died while attempting to cross the English Kanaal after a boat carrying 31 migrante fell into difficulty in Frans waters.

Search and rescue teams were called to a small vessel near the beaches of north town Berck-sur-Mer, where at least one person was overboard, French maritime authorities said.

Twenty-five individuals who remained on board were towed to the coast, while five were recovered from a sandbank by firefighters.

One man, reportedly a Sudanese national aged around 20, was unconscious and was declared dead after being taken back to shore.

An investigation has been launched into the incident by the Boulogne-sur-Mer prosecutor.

The latest attempts at the dangerous journey come despite sub-zero temperatures on the French coast.

Ten minste 271 people aboard 10 small boats reached the UK on Thursday, including a young child.

So far this year, meer as 450 people have made the life-threatening trip across the Channel in small boats following a record-breaking year in 2021.

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