Migrant feared dead and three rescued after boat capsized in Channel
Migrant is feared dead and three others are rescued after their boat capsized in English Channel as they made their way to Britain
- The search has been called off while three others were rescued Care4Calais said
- The group were trying to make the 21-mile trip across the Dover Strait into Britain
- Search and rescue teams said they have called off the hunt for the fourth person
A migrant is feared dead after a boat he was in trying to reach the UK capsized in the English Channel, charity officials say.
The search for the man has been called off while three others were rescued and taken to hospital, according to Care4Calais.
They were trying to make the 21-mile journey across the Dover Strait to Britain when their vessel tipped over near Calais.
Search and rescue teams have now called off the hunt for the fourth person, who has not been accounted for.
The search for the man has been called off while three others were rescued and taken to hospital, according to Care4Calais. Pictured: Migrants in Dover yesterday
Search and rescue teams have now called off the hunt for the fourth person, who has not been accounted for. Pictured: One man was given a pair of crutches to help him walk as he hobbled off the boat. He appeared to have an ankle splint on his left leg
Care4Calais said their ‘hearts could not be heavier’ and described the tragedy as ‘entirely preventable’.
A spokesman for the refugee charity said: ‘We are devastated to report that [a] man is missing after a boat capsized near Calais this week.
‘We understand three people were rescued and taken to hospital but the fourth man was not found and the search has now been called off.
‘Our hearts could not be heavier. This is entirely preventable.
‘The people we know in Calais are desperately calling on the U.K. for help but their voices are never heard.
‘They have suffered the world’s most bloody conflicts, horrors, persecution and torture.
‘All they want is to finally be safe. We should be exceptionally proud that Britain is seen as a place of democracy and hope.’
A total of 631 migrants have made the dangerous English Channel crossing so far this year.
A total of 631 migrants have made the dangerous English Channel crossing so far this year. Pictured: Yesterday morning
Last month 308 migrants were intercepted in 18 incidents, surpassing January’s figures of 223 in 15 incidents.
It compares to just 87 migrants in at least six boats in January 2020 while in February 2020 there were 192 in 12 boats.
Fears were sparked as a man on board one of four small boats intercepted on Tuesday had to be stretchered on to UK shores as he was suffering from exhaustion.
He was carefully lifted on to the mooring of Dover Marina from the back of a Border Force vessel.
The male migrant did not appear to be moving and had an oxygen tank between his legs.
Medics were among staff who helped carry him up the gangway at around 10am.
But he was checked over and later declared medically fit, according to a Home Office spokesman.
In 2020 a record 8,410 arrived last year – dwarfing 2019’s total of 1,850.
Source: Read Full Article