France says pregnant women among 27 dead in English Channel

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French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin answers the property successful Calais, bluish France, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. At slightest 31 migrants bound for Britain died Wednesday erstwhile their vessel sank successful the English Channel, successful what France's interior curate called the biggest calamity involving migrants connected the unsafe crossing to date. (AP Photo)

CALAIS – Children and large women were among astatine slightest 27 migrants who died erstwhile their tiny vessel sank successful an attempted crossing of the English Channel, a French authorities authoritative said Thursday.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin besides announced the apprehension of a 5th suspected trafficker thought to person been progressive successful what was the deadliest migration calamity to day connected the unsafe oversea lane.

In their contiguous effect to the sinking, French authorities gave somewhat differing figures connected the numbers of dead, from betwixt 27 to 31. The fig that Darmanin utilized Thursday was 27.

Darmanin said authorities are moving to find the nationalities of victims from the sinking connected Wednesday. Two survivors were treated for hypothermia. One is Iraqi, the different Somali, Darmanin said connected RTL radio.

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“Pregnant women, children died," helium said, without detailing their numbers.

Darmanin connected Wednesday had already announced the apprehension of 4 suspected traffickers connected suspicion of being linked to the sunken boat. He told RTL that a 5th suspected trafficker was picked up overnight.

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