A migrant has died after a boat encountered difficulty in the channel between France, the United Kingdom and France.
On Friday, French authorities said 30 others were rescued “unharmed” – including five who were found on a sandbank.
According to preliminary information, the migrant ship may have been trapped by the tide near the beaches of Berck-sur-Mer.
A male migrant – reportedly a young man from Sudan – was brought ashore unconscious but was later pronounced dead. It is the first migrant death reported in the canal in 2022.
French prosecutors in Boulogne-sur-Mer said they had opened an investigation into the manslaughter.
According to French Navy officials, a total of 30 migrants died trying to cross the canal in 2021, and four others are missing.
This includes 27 people died when a boat sank off the coast of Calais On November 24 last year.
Meanwhile, more than 28,000 people made it through the dangerous shipping lane last year, three times the number in 2020, according to the Press Association.
Despite worsening winter conditions, authorities estimate that around 400 boats still attempt to cross the canal each day.
Sixty people were rescued from drowning off the coasts of Dunkirk and Calais Thursday in two rescue operations, according to the French Maritime Province.