With the mass influx of illegal migrants trying to make their way to Britain by crossing the English Channel, there has been concern for weeks over possible loss of life.
Unfortunately news has come in from a French minister that a 16yr old boy from Sudan has been washed up on Bleriot Beach in Sangatte.
It was reported that the boy had disappeared at sea on Tuesday night after getting into difficulty in the Channel. Marlene Schiappa, who is in charge of citizenship in the French government has come out saying: This unbearable news shows the urgent need to crack down on smugglers who have been taking ‘advantage over of the ‘distress of human beings’.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has said this is an upsetting and tragic loss of a young life and pledges to make the perilous route across the English Channel ‘unviable’
She added: ‘This horrendous incident serves as a brutal reminder of the abhorrent criminal gangs and people smugglers who exploit vulnerable people.
‘Working together we are determined to stop them.’
Natalie Elphicke, MP for Dover and Deal said: ‘This is both shocking and sad. I have been warning for months about the risk of further loss of life on these dangerous journeys across the English Channel.
This latest tragedy underlines that it is essential to bring an urgent end to these perilous small boat crossings.’
Care4Calais have said ‘We need a way for people’s asylum claims to be fairly heard without them having to risk their lives. We need this before someone else dies.’