Death toll English channel might still rise after migrant boat accident

Migrant dinghy heads off the French coast to cross the English channel
A damaged inflatable dinghy and a sleeping bag abandonned by migrants are seen on the beach near Wimereux, France, November 24, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

November 24, 2021

PARIS (Reuters) – The death toll after a boat with migrants sunk in the English channel, which was initially reported at five by French media, could still rise as some more migrants were in a poor condition, a local coast guard official said on Wednesday.

The coast guard is still waiting for doctors to confirm the number, the official told Reuters, adding that 20 people had been found at sea after a dinghy boat capsized off the French coast.

(Reporting by Tassilo Hummel; Editing by GV De Clercq)