London, Europe Brief News –Another disaster was about to happen at the English Channel as a man died and dozens managed to survive. The group was trying to cross the Channel to the UK.
The man fell overboard when the small migrant boat got into difficulty close to the French coast at Berck-sur-Mer, south of Boulogne.
Most of those rescued were on board the dinghy, but five people were picked up from a sandbank.
Friday’s drowning is the first fatality in the Channel in 2022.
Last November, at least 27 migrants have drowned after their dinghy sank, as the UK and France trade blame over the disaster.
Among those drowned were five women and a young girl, according to French interior minister Gerald Darmanin.
He said that two migrants were fighting for their lives, while another person appeared to still be missing.
The British Red Cross and Refugee Council joined calls for the creation of safe routes for those seeking asylum. It further warned that “cruel and ineffective” tactics will not prevent other risk.