CALAIS, France (AP) — At least 31 migrants bound for Britain died when their boat sank in the English Channel, in what France’s interior minister called the biggest tragedy involving migrants on the dangerous crossing to date.
Gerald Darmanin, Interior Minister said that 34 people are believed to have been on board the boat.
Authorities discovered 31 bodies, two survivors and one missing person.
According to the Associated PressFive women and one young girl were among the bodies that were found.
It was not immediately clear what the nationalities of the travellers were.
Darmanin, a French journalist in Calais, said that four suspect traffickers were arrested under suspicion of being related to the sunken ship.
The news outlet reported that two suspects were later seen in court.
On Wednesday night, activists protested outside Calais port to accuse governments of failing to adequately respond to the needs of migrants.