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More migrants rescued from canal after crossing death

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Dozens of people believed to be migrants were taken ashore on the Kent coast the day after the death of a man attempting to cross the English Channel

Photos show two boats arriving in the early hours of Saturday morning, each carrying about 30 people, including children.

One of the vessels was taken to Dover while the second group was brought ashore at Dungeness.

The images showed some receiving medical treatment after returning to shore.

The groups were rescued by the RNLI in pitch black surroundings after two incidents involving small boats in the English Channel.

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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