A 16-year-old migrant’s body was today found washed up on a beach in France after he tried to reach Britain.
The Sudanese youngster had got into difficulty in the sea on Tuesday night and was discovered at Sangatte, near Calais, this morning.
He is thought to have fallen overboard from an inflatable boat.
France’s Citizenship Minister Marlene Schiappa tweeted: “Immense sadness: a 16-year-old Sudanese migrant who disappeared at sea last night was found dead on Sangatte beach this morning.”
She added that the “unbearable drama mobilises us against smugglers who take advantage of the distress of human beings”.
The tragedy is thought to be the first known migrant death this year.
It comes as dozens of migrants reached the UK from France by small boat today – nudging the year’s total close to 5,000.
It is thought they were trying to reach the UK overnight to beat Storm Kyle.