Body recovered by coastguard in English Channel

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The Coast Guard has recovered the body of a man from the channel after it was spotted by another vessel.

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Sussex Police said the body was retrieved from the sea this afternoon and taken to Eastbourne.

He has not yet been identified and neither does his nationality.


The discovery comes amid a rise in people trying to cross the Channel from France into England as migrants or refugees. More than 10,000 people have traveled the world’s busiest shipping lane this year, up from 8,417 in 2020.

The exodus has sparked a controversy at Westminster, with Home Secretary Priti Patel insisting the border force use tough new tactics, including sending migrant boats back to France.

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In an effort to deter migrants and refugees from attempting the dangerous crossing, Ms Patel has also unveiled lengthy prison sentences for anyone caught trying to enter the country illegally.

However, refugee charities have warned that Home Office actions will only put the lives of more vulnerable migrants at risk and have urged the government to open more safe and legal routes to resettlement in the UK.

Sussex Police told sky news That the investigation into the young man’s death has started. “On Saturday afternoon, 11 September, the body of a man was recovered in the Mid-English Channel by HM Coastguard, and brought to Eastbourne,” the force said in a statement.

“The inquiry is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.”


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