The ship sank off the coast of France, at least 31 migrants died, others were missing

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Dammanen said outside a hospital in Calais that five women and a little girl were among the dead. He said that two people have been rescued and one person is still missing.

French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson both expressed their shock at the tragedy and expressed their condolences to the families of the victims.

Macron stated that his country will not let the English Channel become a cemetery and urged his European counterparts to step up their efforts to avoid future tragedies.

The president said in a statement: “For the families of the victims and their loved ones, I want to express my sympathy and France’s unconditional support.”

He added: “I assure them that I will make every effort to find and condemn responsible smuggling networks that use suffering and pain to endanger human life and ultimately lead to family deaths.”

After at least 31 migrants were killed when their ship sank off the coast of Calais, the fire truck arrived in Port Calais on Wednesday.

Macron said that France has been cooperating with Britain for months to dismantle smuggling networks.

He said: “Since early 2021, as a result of the mobilization of 600 police and military police, 1,552 smugglers have been arrested on the northern coast and 44 smuggling networks have been destroyed.”

“Despite this action, 47,000 attempts have been made to cross the UK since January 1, and our rescue service has rescued 7,800 immigrants.”

The French regional maritime department said earlier that it was conducting a search and rescue operation for survivors in the Strait of Calais and described it as the most serious accident in the history of the sea.

The country’s maritime minister, Annick Giladin, said that French, British and Belgian helicopters are looking for the missing.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex described the incident as “tragedy”. He said in a tweet: “My heart is with many missing and injured people who are victims of smuggling criminals who use their pain and suffering.”

A ship from the French voluntary maritime rescue organization Societe Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer arrived at the port of Calais on Wednesday, carrying the bodies of immigrants.

Dangerous crossing

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that he was “shocked and shocked by the casualties at sea, and deeply saddened.”

Johnson told reporters: “My thoughts and sympathy are first of all the victims and their families. The suffering they have suffered is shocking.”

“But I also want to say that this disaster highlights how dangerous it is to cross the strait in this way. It also shows how important it is for us to step up our efforts to break the rogue business model of dispatching personnel. Going to sea in this way is why we The speed of all measures within the border must be as fast as possible…so that we can distinguish between those who come here legally and those who come here illegally.”

He added that the authorities will “spare no effort to consider the business propositions of human traffickers and gangsters… they are actually evading murder.”

Johnson said that now is the time for Britain, France and Europe to “stand up” and work together. His spokesperson said that he will chair the Cobra Emergency Committee meeting to deal with this tragedy.

British Home Secretary Pritty Patel said in a statement that the tragedy “is the strongest reminder of the dangers of these strait crossings organized by ruthless criminal gangs.”

She added: “We will continue to strengthen all cooperation with France and other European partners to prevent immigrants from embarking on these deadly journeys.”

On Monday, the French Ministry of the Interior announced that as part of an agreement with the United Kingdom, it will transport equipment and vehicles worth more than 11 million euros ($12.3 million), “to ensure the safety of the coastal zone from Dunkirk to the United Kingdom. Sex over 130 kilometers. Somme Bay.”

It added: “The police and military police will have more resources to carry out the task of combating illegal immigration.”

Last week, 243 people were rescued in the English Channel while trying to cross the border to the UK.

According to data compiled by the British PA Media news agency, so far this year, more than 25,700 people have crossed the English Channel in small boats to the UK. PA reports that this is three times the total for 2020.

Amy Cassidy and Joseph Ataman of CNN contributed to this report.

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