Several migrants drown while trying to cross Channel in dinghy

Over 30 migrants have drowned crossing the Channel from France to Britain after an inflatable dinghy flipped over, French ministers have confirmed.

According to reports, over 30 migrants have drowned, and a rescue operation is currently underway in French waters.

Multiple boats of people were also seen landing on Dungeness, Kent this afternoon.

A French government spokesman said the tragedy happened soon after 2pm.

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry in Paris said: “At least five people died have died. The toll could be heavier.

“Around 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, a fisherman reported the discovery of about fifteen bodies floating off Calais. A French Navy vessel recovered several bodies, including five dead people and five unconscious, according to an early report.”

Over 24,000 migrants have crossed the channel to the UK so far this year.