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A young migrant from Sudan dies off the Pas de Calais while trying to cross the Channel

A young migrant died on Friday, January 14, following an attempt to cross the Channel with around thirty other exiles who were rescued off Berck (Pas-de-Calais), announced the public prosecutor’s office in Boulogne-sur-Mer at Agence France-Presse.

The victim, a man in his twenties, is a priori of Sudanese nationality, said the prosecution, which opened an investigation against X for « manslaughter ». The results of the Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea for 2021 show 30 dead and 4 missing, including 27 migrants who died on November 24 when their boat sank off the coast of Calais, the worst tragedy to have occurred in this region. migratory route.

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32 people rescued

According to the prosecution, 32 people who attempted the crossing on Friday with the young victim were rescued « Safe and sound », but in a state of« Hypothermia ». According to a source close to the survey, the migrants were « A semi-rigid canoe ». They could have been trapped by the tide, some of them having been found on sandbars.

Crossings of the Channel in small boats reached in 2021 a number of 28,000 people, according to the British press agency PA. The phenomenon, which has grown significantly since 2018 in the face of the closure of the port of Calais and Eurotunnel, which migrants used to hide in vehicles, is poisoning relations between London and Paris.

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