A man lost his life on Tuesday in the English Channel, after the sinking of a boat of Iranian migrants who were seeking to reach Great Britain. Three of the 17 survivors were in cardio-respiratory arrest, according to the North Prefecture.
Two children are among the lifeless survivors, and according to the testimonies of the passengers, “a person would be missing who could be an infant”, declared the sub-prefect Hervé Tourmente, in a press briefing in Loon-Plage (North). The other survivors, men, women and children between 5 and 8 years old, “are in a state of hypothermia”, including one “serious” case, he added. They were distributed to hospitals in Calais and Dunkirk.
Bad weather conditions
The boat, according to the first elements a fishing boat, was reported turning around and sinking around 9:30 am by an English boater, launching a vast search operation, which continued in the early afternoon with six boats and three air assets. It is a question of “recovering the maximum of people” while the exact number of passengers is not yet consolidated, “from 19 to 20”, indicated Hervé Tourmente.
The weather conditions for this crossing “were not favorable at all”, he noted. For several months, crossings of the Channel on makeshift boats have been increasing. According to the prefecture, they claimed the lives of four migrants in 2019 and, including the new victim, four in 2020.