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Migrants Feared Dead After Boat Capsizes in English Channel

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PARIS — A ship carrying migrants making an attempt to achieve Britain capsized on Wednesday in the English Channel off the coast of France, inflicting “many deaths,” in line with the French authorities.

Gérald Darmanin, France’s inside minister, said on Twitter that he was heading to the scene, off the coast of Calais. He additionally criticized the “criminal character of the smugglers who organize these crossings.”

“The shipwreck that occurred in the Channel is a tragedy,” Jean Castex, the prime minister, said on Twitter. French media studies stated that greater than 20 individuals had died in the accident, with some placing the quantity as excessive as 27. It was not instantly attainable to substantiate the studies.

Local maritime authorities stated that they shortly despatched out rescue ships and helicopters after a fishing vessel alerted them that a number of individuals have been misplaced at sea off the coast of Calais.

“The operation is still ongoing, several of those who were shipwrecked have been picked up,” the maritime prefecture for the world stated in a press release.