Four people have died after a migrant dinghy boat capsized in the English Channel.
The Royal Navy, French navy, Coastguard, and RNLI lifeboats joined forces in a major rescue operation off the Kent coast on Wednesday morning (14 December). Women and children were among the 43 survivors who were on board.
Prime minister Rishi Sunak expressed his "sorrow" at the "capsizing of a small boat" in the Channel, telling MPs there had been a "tragic loss of human life".
A Government spokesman said: "At 0305 today, authorities were alerted to an incident in the Channel concerning a migrant small boat in distress.
"After a co-ordinated search and rescue operation led by HM Coastguard, it is with regret that there have been four confirmed deaths as a result of this incident. Investigations are ongoing, and we will provide further information in due course.
"This is a truly tragic incident. Our thoughts are with the friends and families of all those who have lost their lives today."
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