Migrant crisis: Man trying to cross Channel dies in negative conditions after going too far | UK News

A manslaughter investigation is underway in France after a migrant died in negative conditions while trying to cross the English Channel.

The Sudanese man was pulled unconscious from the water after falling overboard in the early hours of Friday as he and others attempted to reach the UK.

Aged about 20, he was pronounced dead after being brought ashore by French rescue teams.

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The rescued migrants suffered from hypothermia

A total of 32 people were rescued off Berck, near Calais, suffering from hypothermia, authorities said.

The Boulogne-sur-Mer prosecutor’s office indicated that an investigation for manslaughter had been opened.

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

More than 450 people have already made the deadly journey in small boats in 2022.

In British waters on Friday, several Border Force vessels were active off the coast of Kent.

About 35 people were seen being brought ashore by immigration staff.

On Thursday, at least 271 people aboard 10 small boats reached England.

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Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said there were “no easy answers” to the problem.

He added: “But we are urging the government to rethink its plans to make the UK asylum system harder to access.

“It should start with ambitious plans for safe new routes and a commitment to resettle 10,000 people a year.”

Steve Valdez-Symonds, refugee and migrant rights director at Amnesty International UK, said this latest death was “all the more unbearable because of the unwillingness of governments on both sides of the Channel to meet the needs and the rights of those forced to attempt these dangerous journeys”.

Home Secretary Priti Patel called for more cooperation with Europe in an effort to resolve the issue.

A Home Office spokesman said: “This tragic loss of life in France today is devastating and our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of the victim.

“This is unfortunately another reminder of the extreme dangers of crossing the English Channel in small boats and the need to work closely with France to prevent people from making these dangerous crossings.

“The government’s new plan for immigration will fix the broken system of bringing people in through safe and legal channels while preventing the crime associated with it.”

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