Migrant deaths: Five women and a girl among dead after Channel crossing disaster

French police stand near as a group of more than 40 migrants run with an inflatable dinghy, to leave the coast of northern France and to cross the English Channel, near Wimereux, France.
French police stand near as a group of more than 40 migrants run with an inflatable dinghy, to leave the coast of northern France and to cross the English Channel, near Wimereux, France.

27 people have died in the English Channel after their boat capsized

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A girl and five women are among the dead, after a boat carrying migrants capsized yesterday evening in the English Channel, according to the French Interior minister.

27 migrants died in the incident which took place off the French coast.

More people have crossed the Channel successfully this morning, with migrants landing in Britain after 4am.

Boris Johnson has called on France to agree to joint police patrols along the French Channel coast.

The Prime Minister spoke to President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday evening in the wake of the worst incident of its kind in the Channel since the current migrant crisis began.

However, the French have already dismissed the idea of increasing border force presence on their beaches.

GB News Home Affairs Editor Mark White told The Great British Breakfast: 'The French have already said to the British that they are rejecting an offer to put more border force... on the beaches of northern France'