Warnings Over Channel Migrant Crossings After Victim Missing
Faizan Hashmi 10 days ago Thu 15th August 2019 | 11:13 PM
British and French campaigners have warned about the dangers of migrant Channel crossings after a woman attempting the journey went missing after falling into the sea last week
British rescuers launched a search last Friday after reports that three people with life jackets had fallen into the sea from a boat carrying migrants across the Channel.
Two of the missing migrants were found but a woman remained unaccounted for. The search, which also involved Belgian and French coastguards, was suspended on Saturday.
"Crossing the Channel in a small boat is a huge risk. The criminal gangs who perpetuate this are ruthless and do not care about loss of life," the ministry said in a statement.
Dozens of migrants have made the crossing in recent days.
Two were intercepted by British border guards last week crossing the 21-mile (33-kilometre) waterway in a kayak.
French authorities also last week rescued 11 migrants attempting the crossing after their boat capsized.