Migrant crisis: Man attempting to cross the English Channel dies in sub-zero conditions after overstepping the mark | UK News

An investigation for manslaughter is underway in France after the death of a migrant in negative conditions while trying to cross the Channel.

The Sudanese man was pulled out of the water unconscious after going overboard in the early hours of Friday as he and others attempted to reach the UK.

Aged in his twenties, he was pronounced dead after being brought ashore by French rescue teams.

Rescued migrants suffered from hypothermia

A total of 32 people were rescued off Berck, near Calais, suffering from hypothermia, authorities said.

The Boulogne-sur-Mer prosecutor’s office said that an investigation for manslaughter had been opened.

The death was reported less than two months after at least 27 people died when their boat sank off the French coast.

More than 450 people have already made the life-threatening trip in small boats in 2022.

Several Border Force ships were active off the Kent coast in British waters on Friday.

About 35 people were seen being brought ashore by immigration staff.

At least 271 people aboard 10 small boats reached England on Thursday.

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Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said there were “no easy answers” to the problem.

He added: “But we urge the government to rethink its plans to make Britain’s asylum system more difficult to access.

“It should start with ambitious plans for new safe roads and a commitment to resettle 10,000 people per year.”

Steve Valdez-Symonds, director of refugee and migrant rights at Amnesty International UK, said the latest death was made “all the more unbearable by the refusal of governments on both sides of the Channel to meet the needs and the rights of those forced to attempt these dangerous journeys “.

Interior Minister Priti Patel asked more cooperation with Europe in an effort to resolve the issue.

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