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More migrants rescued from canal after crossing death

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A boat carrying people believed to be migrants was taken to Dover the day after a man died trying to cross the English Channel

Photos show a number of people, including at least one child, arriving at the port in the early hours of Saturday.

The group was rescued by the RNLI after an incident involving a small boat in the English Channel in pitch black surroundings.

On Friday, a Sudanese man in his 20s was found unconscious and pulled from the water after falling overboard as he and others attempted to reach the UK, according to French authorities.

The man was brought back to shore but was pronounced dead.

An investigation into manslaughter has been launched, Boulogne-sur-Mer prosecutors said.

A total of 32 people were rescued from Berck near Calais in a condition of hypothermia in that incident, authorities said.

The death came less than two months after at least 27 people died when their boat sank off the coast of France in November.

After a record year in 2021, more than 450 people made the life-threatening journey across the English Channel in small boats in 2022.

At least 271 people aboard 10 small boats arrived in the UK on Thursday, including a small child wrapped in an orange life jacket and wearing a cap.

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