The French interior minister said that 31 migrants had died and two were fighting for their lives in hospital. Another was thought to be missing at sea…
The death toll is the highest in a single incident involving migrants since the latest wave of attempted Channel crossing got under way two years ago, police said
More than 600 migrants including young children and babies made the perilous journey across the Channel in makeshift boats to arrive at Dungeness today…
“The glue wasn’t even dry,” one of the rescuers said of the overcrowded rib which they had towed to shore, its motor half-attached, adding that normally the smugglers would line the bottom with wood for stability. “I guess this time they didn’t bother”
Among the migrants was an Afghan soldier who had worked with British forces. His family had decided to risk their lives to cross the channel after they “waited so long for help” from Britain
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