Man charged with facilitating attempted illegal entry into UK after migrant boat capsized killing four people
Four people died and 39 were rescued when a migrant boat capsized in the Channel this week
A man has been charged with facilitating attempted illegal entry into the UK after a migrant boat capsized killing four people.
Ibrahima Bah, 19, of no fixed address, has been remanded in custody and will appear before Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Monday, Kent Police said.
A major rescue operation off the Kent coast began at 2.16am on December 14 after reports of a boat in distress, with the Royal Navy, French navy, Coastguard, RNLI lifeboats, ambulance service and police involved.
A total of 39 people were safely brought to shore, while four others were pronounced dead.
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The circumstances surrounding the deaths are being investigated by detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, assisted by the National Crime Agency.
A man was arrested in connection with the incident on Friday, and on Sunday Kent Police said the Crown Prosecution Service authorised a charge against Bah of knowingly facilitating the attempted arrival in the UK of people he knew or had reasonable cause to believe were asylum seekers.
Police are continuing to work to establish the identity of those who died and locate their next of kin.
In a statement Kent Police said: “The circumstances surrounding the deaths are being investigated by detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, assisted by the National Crime Agency.
“On Friday 16 December, a man was arrested in connection with the incident.
“The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised a charge against Ibrahima Bah of knowingly facilitating the attempted arrival in the United Kingdom of people he knew or had reasonable cause to believe were asylum seekers.
“The 19-year-old, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody and will appear before Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Monday 19 December.
“Officers are continuing to work to establish the identity of the deceased and locate the next of kin.
“Anyone who has any information which could assist enquiries into the incident should visit”
The tragedy came a day after Mr Sunak unveiled a raft of new measures in a bid to curb Channel crossings as he told MPs: “We have to stop the boats.”
More than 44,000 people have made the dangerous crossing this year, Government figures show.
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