At least 27 killed in English Channel’s worst migrant disaster ever, but even death won’t stop the desperate

London – An investigation was underway into the deaths of at least 27 migrants on Thursday morning, when their younger Boat capsizes in the English Channel, The boat sank shortly after sailing off the coast of northern France, which was packed with people hoping to make a short, but very dangerous 21-mile crossing to England. It’s a gamble that has killed dozens this year – and a gamble more people have taken and continue to take In 2021 more than ever.



Capsize on Wednesday was the biggest single loss of migrant life in the Channel, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, since record-keeping began in 2014, according to the International Organization for Migration.

As CBS News correspondent Imtiaz Tayyab reports, this is a trip that only the most desperate people would consider making on a small, overloaded boat.



Images taken on Wednesday ahead of the discovery of capsize by a French fishing crew show at least one boat being pushed into the sea as French police watch.

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Migrants push an inflatable boat across the English Channel from a beach near the town of Vimarex, on the far northern French coast – one of the narrowest points between the southern coast of France and Britain – a French police vehicle is seen in the background , 24 November 2021.

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Men, women, and children climb airborne dinghies every day to attempt to cross the English Channel before the bitterness of winter arrives.



Five women and a child were also among those killed in Wednesday’s disaster.

“It was very shocking to see some bodies floating in the water,” said French lifeboat rescuer Charles Devos. “We recovered six people. All died.”



Politicians on both sides of the channel say that there are people-smugglers for this.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “Now is the time for all of us to step up, work together, do everything we can to break these gangs that are literally getting away with murder.”

Both his government and French President Emmanuel Macron have expressed their horror at the deaths and vowed to cooperate in stopping the smugglers. But British-French relations have been tough, and trust has been lacking since Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Meanwhile, migrant rights groups say it is the French and British governments that helped create the crisis – by France, with brutal conditions in its migrant camps, and by Britain Limiting legal routes for asylum seekers to enter the UK

Combined, they are circumstances that drive the most vulnerable to risk it all, fleeing war, poverty and famine.

More migrant boats were seen leaving the coast of France on Thursday morning.

Five suspected smugglers were arrested in France in connection with the drowning on Wednesday, but until Britain and France come up with meaningful solutions to the crisis, the grim reality is that more people will be killed trying to cross the Channel. There is a possibility of death. They hope to have a better life.

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