PARIS – At least four people, including two children, died on Tuesday when a boat carrying migrants capsized off France as it attempted to cross the Channel to Britain, French authorities said.
Fifteen people were rescued, but search operations were still underway Tuesday evening, according to the regional administration of the North region. He said in a statement that the victims included a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old, an adult female and an adult male. The death toll, he warned, could rise.
Aid groups have called for increased government aid for struggling migrants, while UK and French authorities have expressed condolences.
These crossings have become more and more common in recent years, despite political outcry in Britain and increased police efforts to stop them, but deaths are rare. French authorities have reported a total of four migrant deaths on small boats crossing the Channel in 2019.