At least 31 migrants have died in the English Channel after their dinghy capsized between France and the U.K. Officials say this is the greatest loss of life involving migrants on record in the English Channel. According to authorities, 34 people in total were on the boat; two people survived and one is still missing. France's interior minister announced that four suspected traffickers have been arrested in connection to the capsized vessel.
- A number of migrant boats had left the northern coast of France bound for England over the last day due to calm sea conditions.
- However, the English Channel, a major shipping lane, has strong tidal currents.
- Fishermen initially called for rescuers after seeing an empty dinghy with bodies floating nearby.
- French authorities have worked to stem the number of migrants leaving its shores for the U.K.
- It's unclear where the migrants originated as of this writing.