By Sebastian Hughes
Daily Caller News Foundation
At least 31 migrants drowned in the English Channel as they attempted to make their way from France to the U.K., The New York Times reported.
The boat the migrants were using capsized off the coast of France, according to the French authorities, the NYT reported. The group consisted of 33 migrants, including five women and one little girl, according to France’s interior minister.
The number of casualties amounts to one of the worst migrant crossings of the Channel in recent years, mere days after both France and the U.K. reached an agreement to stem migration by sea, the NYT reported.
“The shipwreck in the English Channel is a tragedy,” Jean Castex, the French prime minister, tweeted Wednesday. “My thoughts are with the missing and injured, victims of criminal smugglers that exploit their distress and poverty.”
After a fishing vessel reported the incident, local maritime authorities were quick to send out rescue ships and helicopters to search for survivors, the NYT reported. Five people were still missing as of late Wednesday afternoon, Annick Girardin, France’s minister for maritime affairs, said.
“The operation is still ongoing, several of those who were shipwrecked have been picked up,” the