At least twenty people have died in the sinking of a boat off Calais, announced the government this Thursday, November 24. According to several sources, the toll could increase in the next few minutes. The vice-president of the region, Franck Dhersin, puts forward the figure of 24 dead. This is the event is the deadliest since 2018 in the Channel.
“Around 2:00 p.m., a fisherman reported the discovery of about fifteen bodies floating off the coast of Calais. A French Navy vessel recovered several bodies, including five dead and five unconscious, according to a provisional report“, reports the Ministry of the Interior to AFP, specifying that the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin went there.
The operation is still in progress at this time, indicates the maritime prefecture. Two helicopters are mobilized. “Several castaways were recovered. The vital prognosis of some castaways seems unfortunately engaged“, she specifies.
A “tragedy” for the Prime Minister
Prime Minister Jean Castex deplores on Twitter a “tragedy“:”My thoughts are with the many missing and injured“he writes.
As winter approaches, crossing attempts do not decrease, in increasingly bad weather conditions. Two people died, just between November 2 and 4.