31 People have been reported dead after a boat carrying migrants across the English Channel to the UK capsized.
The alarm was sounded by a nearby fishing boat earlier today (24 November), after people were spotted floating in the sea near the coast in France.
Franck Dhersin, mayor of Teteghem near Dunkirk, confirmed that at least 50 people were onboard the boat which was hoping to reach the Dover coast.
Several people were brought to the UK shore at Dover in small boats on the same day by immigration officials.
At least 25,700 people have attempted to make the journey across the English Channel this year, with hope of reaching the UK shore.
The Channel waters are prone to strong currents and low temperatures, particularly in the winter months.