Children and pregnant woman among English Channel victims – BBC News

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

The 27 people who died while trying to cross the English Channel on Tuesday included seven women – one of whom was pregnant – and three children, French authorities have said.

They drowned near Calais after their boat sank in the deadliest crossing on record.

UK PM Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed “to do everything possible to stop the gangs responsible”.

French police have made five arrests in connection with the fatal crossing.

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james ohara November 25, 2021 - 8:50 PM

Stop calling it the English Channel and call it like it like the French do, la Manche.

Rowantaz Rowantaz November 25, 2021 - 8:52 PM

Take note if the comments BBC! Most are not taken in by your agenda. To Stop people drowning we must make sure they know they are not entering the UK.

Mandy Fernandez November 25, 2021 - 8:52 PM


Jp Young November 25, 2021 - 8:55 PM

Couldn’t give a shit

Markus Näslund November 25, 2021 - 8:56 PM

Just shoot the boats

m November 25, 2021 - 8:59 PM

and ? still return them to france don’t we pay them enough for border security.

Marc Lawyer November 25, 2021 - 9:01 PM

Risking their lives to get to a country no safer than the one they left…

This was obviously going to happen and WILL happen again, especially in winter: the Channel is deadly for seaworthy vessels.
Go after the smugglers and stop enabling them by bringing them in via coastguard/RNLI….thousands per week

Pablo Escobar November 25, 2021 - 9:01 PM


Paul Gray November 25, 2021 - 9:02 PM

UK should do sanctions against the EU as this is unacceptable. After all it is exactly what they EU does with migrants at their border as Belarus can attest.

Steven Maddock November 25, 2021 - 9:04 PM

Cobra have had an emergency supper

Susan B November 25, 2021 - 9:05 PM

Where are they buying the dinghies and outboard motors? Make those registered purchases and it goes a long way to stopping this

Hour Bee November 25, 2021 - 9:06 PM

You will not manipulate our emotions with your disinformation

Janice Taylor November 25, 2021 - 9:06 PM

If they're seeking asylum, they should go back to their own countries as soon as possible.

If my house burnt down and I had to live in a neighbour's house, I wouldn't expect to live there permanently. Its all a p*** take.

Ramzan November 25, 2021 - 9:07 PM


Philip Teague November 25, 2021 - 9:09 PM

We need borders like this on the U.S. MEXICIAN Border.

Jenny Van Niekerk November 25, 2021 - 9:12 PM

Why in hell dint people stay in their own countries.

Xi November 25, 2021 - 9:15 PM

In the videos I see it's always grown men and not one single woman or child.

Matthew Thomson November 25, 2021 - 9:18 PM


Syed shabaz Haider naqvi November 25, 2021 - 9:19 PM

Thank you

Garry James November 25, 2021 - 9:26 PM

Very Sad story this.
human displacement, human instability ,in world seems to be increasing sadly .
It's clearly been ,necessary for the goverment ,to call a cobra meeting,
Together with discussions, with the French government.
They say there going to deal, with the human trafficking gangs ,
But unfortunately, one would imagine as quick as one trafficking gang is ,taken out
Another one will be in there place,
Because tragically and very sadly there is huge amounts, money to be made in human, trafficking .
Despite all the human missery suffering and very sad tragic loss of human life entailed
I really cannot see a change ,of a direction being made here,
With illegal migration the problem, will simply pass, from one UK goverment admistration,
To the next, like wise for the French government, to.
To solve this problem of people running away from there native country due to fear all extreme poverty,
Would involve a major meeting of western heads of government
We're by they agree to put in place there own admistration in those countries
And one cannot see that direction of permanent policy resolution happening.
The people making these crossing, from what I heard on the media,
Are from 4 main countries Albania Afghanistan Iran South East Asia
And given how the West has now completely pulled out of AFGHANISTAN
Then you can simply only see this picture of displacement of people from there native country continuing permanently
And this continuing picture of a sticking plaster being used to address the situation will remain in place as well the whole situation is one of sad and tragic continuing events in human misery and suffering in this century

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Pearl Doyle November 25, 2021 - 9:34 PM

They left coast France own free will sank in French waters only thing we are to blame for is being too soft enticing them here with free hand outs of our hard earned money

Paul Gibbons November 25, 2021 - 9:34 PM

5 women and children out of a boat of 31. An this is the title you run with. Lol
Death of 5 women an children more tragic than death of 26 men. Got it.
Just like reporting on male suicide rate.
Why are men's lives worth nothing?
You will be preaching to us about gender inequality next.
This title basically says men are second class citizens.
Secondary consideration.
A life is a life.
Any death is as tragic as any other.

Pearl Doyle November 25, 2021 - 9:39 PM

Have you not seen on utube them sticking their fingers up at people filming them that says it all

I’m a Radiohead November 25, 2021 - 9:40 PM

Don’t bother reading the comments, all you will find is apathetic sociopaths being xenophobic.

jbob34345 November 25, 2021 - 9:41 PM

The only solution is to copy what Tony Abbot did in Australia. Failure to send a message that illegal boat crossings will not be tolerated will only result in more dead kids washing up on our beaches. Turning back the boats is the ONLY solution to this problem.

ジェイミー Jeimī & BONSAI November 25, 2021 - 9:42 PM

UK 🇬🇧 is in Mourning , 😢 time for a cup of tea and a slice of cake 🍰 🙏🏻🙏🏻

Pe Ba November 25, 2021 - 9:48 PM

Still piling over here this morning. Burdens.

trendtraderx November 25, 2021 - 9:51 PM

Why they hate the EU when charities give every chance for a life there?

Pe Ba November 25, 2021 - 9:51 PM

They look so traumatised and desperate… Taking photos, waving and cheering… Seems like a holiday. Except they won’t leave!

The oilandgasresourceportal November 25, 2021 - 9:53 PM

Just imagine if the BBC showed the same concern for working class Britons.
Always with the migrants as 100% correct and without fault.
Nobody had to be on that dinghy, they weren't in fear of their lives in France

The oilandgasresourceportal November 25, 2021 - 9:54 PM

The BBC hate the British people.
They are very fake news

Many November 25, 2021 - 9:54 PM

The Immigrants we’re looking For Good Money 💰 from taxpayers
France Dont give that
Have No Sympathy On them 😂

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Lex Ruptor November 25, 2021 - 10:10 PM

As were men, I'm sure. Sexism isn't cool, and this crap where you focus on Women and Children, this can't happen in an equal or equitable world. All of the victims matter, regardless of age or gender, let's stop with this misandry people

Daniel Groth November 25, 2021 - 10:10 PM

Sorry for the UK, that’s so many reaching land.

Derek Rushton November 25, 2021 - 10:10 PM

The BBC must hate having the comments section open. Pity they didn't do that with the 'asylum seeker' that tried to blow up a maternity hospital. The Islamist who stabbed a Tory MP to death. Whats going on in Hull Rotherham Rochdale Oldham Telford etc etc The little girl that was virtually decapitated in Heaton Park Manchester. Etc etc etc etc

ye yuan November 25, 2021 - 10:24 PM

They want to go to Germany, hhhhhhhhhha

Falstaff 1893 November 25, 2021 - 10:26 PM

People traffickers winning the war against Patel & co !!