Migrant boat sinks near France, 18 people in hospital

Eighteen people have been taken to hospital after the migrant boat they were in sunk off the coast of France.
A widespread rescue operation is searching for other passengers.

A sailboat raised the alarm after it spotted the vessel – which was travelling in wind gusts of up to 18mph – in difficulty near Dunkirk.
Customs and Navy patrol boats from France and Belgium went to the area, along with a lifeboat and fishing vessel.
Eighteen people were been taken to hospitals in Calais and Dunkirk, according to the Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea.

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The Dunkirk public prosecutor is investigating what caused the sinking.

Source : Sky News