Another migrant has died trying to reach the UK in a rubber dinghy. Many people died in the English Channel last year.
A young migrant has died trying to cross the English Channel from France to Britain. The approximately 20-year-old man probably came from Sudan, as the public prosecutor announced on Friday in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. The authorities are investigating involuntary manslaughter. It is the first fatality of the year in the English Channel.
The young man set off with 30 other people in Berck-sur-Mer near Calais in a rubber dinghy with a wooden floor, which was probably driven back by the tide. A rescue ship pulled the boat back to shore with 25 people. Five others had taken refuge on a sandbank. On Thursday, French boats had already brought 60 migrants in distress back to shore in two operations.
According to the prefecture, 30 people drowned trying to cross into Great Britain last year. Four others are believed to be missing. The worst accident happened in November when 27 migrants died, including two children. According to a sea rescuer, one of the families among the victims had been rescued a few days earlier in an earlier attempt.
According to calculations by the British news agency PA, about 28,000 migrants crossed the English Channel to Britain last year, a record number. For many refugees, the sea route is the alternative to the Eurotunnel, which has been increasingly secured in recent years. Many migrants want to go to Great Britain because they have family there or because they think it is easier to find work there. Many of them have no prospect of asylum in the Schengen area.