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UK: Channel migrants: Four dead as boat sinks near Dunkirk

Two adults and two children have died after a boat carrying migrants sank off the coast of northern France.

A large search and rescue operation began earlier after the vessel was seen in difficulty near Dunkirk.

Two children – aged five and eight – and a man and a woman, believed to be from Iran, have died. Fifteen others have been taken to hospital.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his thoughts were with the victims’ loved ones.

He said: “We have offered the French authorities every support as they investigate this terrible incident, and will do all we can to crack down on the ruthless criminal gangs who prey on vulnerable people by facilitating these dangerous journeys.”

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