Migrant deaths: More than 20 drown in Channel after boat capsizes

A dinghy carrying people thought to be migrants, arrives on a beach in Dungeness, Kent.
A dinghy carrying people thought to be migrants, arrives on a beach in Dungeness, Kent.

'This is an absolute tragedy' says Dover MP

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More than 20 people have drowned in the Channel after a boat capsized.

Migrants trying to make it to Britain fell into the cold waters this evening.

GB News Home Affairs Editor Mark White told the Afternoon Agenda: "There were around 20 migrants in the water.

"When we went out there this morning, it was pretty rough out there.

"Absolutely freezing cold, as you would imagine.

Over 25,000 migrants have successfully crossed the Channel into the UK this year, three times the amount that made it in 2020.

Dover MP Natalie Elphicke said: “This is an absolute tragedy. It underlines why saving lives at sea starts by stopping the boats entering the water in the first place.

“As winter is approaching the seas will get rougher, the water colder, the risk of even more lives tragically being lost greater.

“That’s why stopping these dangerous crossings is the humanitarian and right thing to do.”