A tragedy in the Channel | News


Pregnant ladies and three youngsters have been amongst the 27 individuals who drowned attempting to cross the Channel in an inflatable boat. The tragedy occurred on Wednesday and is the deadliest incident since the migration disaster started.

Diane Taylor has been reporting on the disaster from each side of the Channel for years as people-smugglers have switched their focus away from lorries to the way more harmful route throughout the 21-mile stretch of water in small boats. She tells Hannah Moore that at the coronary heart of the downside is a political failure of each the UK and France to offer sufficient protected and authorized routes to asylum.

We additionally hear from Ali, a 28-year-old man from Iran who has fled non secular persecution in his house nation and reached the UK after a earlier terrifying try that ended with the passengers in his dinghy being rescued by a passing vessel and returning him to France.

On Thursday morning, regardless of the tragedy that had unfolded simply hours earlier than, extra individuals had clambered into barely seaworthy small boats to try the similar crossing.

Archive: Sky News; BBC; Parliament Live

Police patrol the beach of Wimereux searching for migrants.

Photograph: Kiran Ridley/Getty Images

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