At least 31 migrants dead and others missing after boat sinks off French coast
November 24, 2021 at 19:49
(CNN) At least 31 migrants died after a boat capsized in the English Channel, off the coast of Calais, northern France, on Wednesday, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said.
Speaking outside a hospital in Calais, Darmanin said five women and a little girl were among the dead.
Two people were saved and one person is still missing, he said.
French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson both expressed horror at the tragedy, and sent their condolences to the families of the victims.
Macron said his country would not let the English Channel become a graveyard and urged his European counterparts to increase efforts to avoid future tragedies.
"To the families of the victims, to their loved ones, I want to express my compassion and the unconditional support of France," the President said in a statement.