A rescue operation has been launched after a ship carrying round 40 individuals started to sink within the English Channel.
The vessel is believed to have begun taking up water because it headed for the UK on Thursday morning.
One migrant has been airlifted to hospital from the Channel up to now, and authorities in France say the rescue effort – involving French and Belgian air and sea items – is ongoing.
Searches began at round 10am after a cargo ship reported seeing the boat in issue, with some individuals overboard, off the coast of Dunkirk.
An unconscious particular person had been taken aboard the cargo ship’s lifeboat, earlier than being transferred onto a French Navy vessel after which airlifted to a hospital in Calais by a Belgian helicopter.
They’re thought to have suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest, French authorities mentioned.
A number of others had been additionally hoisted aboard the helicopter because the migrant boat was sinking, whereas extra had been rescued by close by fishing boats.
Following days of dangerous climate within the Dover Strait, lighter situations on Thursday have seen a flurry of crossing makes an attempt.
The most recent bids to achieve the UK come after French authorities intercepted a minimum of 108 individuals attempting to cross the Channel on Wednesday, with one particular person having to be airlifted to hospital in Dunkirk.