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A 7-year-old girl on board a small migrant boat drowned in the English Channel

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A 7-year-old girl on board a small migrant boat drowned in the English Channel

A 7-year-old girl who was on board a small migrant boat she drowned in the English Channel, not far from the coast of Northern France. The boat, on which 16 people were travelling, sank a few kilometers away from Dunkirk: the French police and firefighters organized rescue operations after being alerted by a person who saw the boat capsize. The drowned girl’s father and mother were on the boat with her and three other children; they were taken to the city hospital; the woman is pregnant.

The little girl is at least the seventh person to have drowned while trying to cross the Channel since the beginning of the year. Last Wednesday a 22-year-old Turkish man died off the coast of Calais; two other migrants from the same day they are missing. Another five migrants died during the night between 13 and 14 January. In total, 12 people died in the Channel in 2023.

Also since the beginning of this year, according to data from the British Home Office, more than two thousand people have reached the United Kingdom illegally across the Channel.

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