England/ The small boat sinks, the 7-year-old girl dies

2024-03-03 22:26:38 / BOTA ALFA PRESS

England/ The small boat sinks, the 7-year-old girl dies

A seven-year-old girl died today after a small boat trying to reach the English Channel capsized in northern France. Officials said the ship was carrying 16 migrants when it sank, a few kilometers off the coast of Dunkirk.

Local authorities said in a statement that " The boat was not the right size to transport so many people".

Authorities also added that the girl's parents, who were traveling with three other children, were taken to a hospital in Dunkirk. Local authority Préfet du Nord said police and firefighters were alerted to the overturned boat by a pedestrian.

A statement said officials believed the vessel was likely stolen and was not large enough to hold the number of people on board. "A couple, whose origins are being determined, with their four children, including the mother who is pregnant, were on board," said the Préfet du Nord.

" The little daughter of the couple, 7 years old, died from drowning ".

Préfet du Nord said two men and six young children were taken to hospital, but their condition was not life-threatening. Prosecutors in Dunkirk also said several people are in custody over the incident, AFP news agency reported.

The death comes after three migrants died on Wednesday trying to cross the English Channel after their boat got into trouble. This was one of several incidents, with a total of 249 people rescued throughout the day. Home Office figures show that more than 2,000 migrants have arrived in the UK so far this year.


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