18 people were taken to hospitals in Calais and Dunkirk, and a search and rescue operation is underway to locate other passengers.
A sailboat spotted the ship in distress due to high winds near Dunkirk and sounded the alarm. The boat is believed to be heading for the UK.
Customs and navy patrol boats from France and Belgium visited the area, along with a lifeboat and a fishing boat.
The Dunkirk prosecutor’s office is investigating the causes of the sinking, reports Sky News.
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