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THE body of a refugee wear­ing a wet­suit who tried to swim the Chan­nel to Bri­tain has been found on a beach in France.

The il­le­gal im­mi­grant, car­ry­ing a com­pass and en­ergy food bars, is thought to have drowned and been washed back ashore af­ter at­tempt­ing the 21-mile cross­ing.

The uniden­ti­fied Asian woman, thought to be in her thir­ties, also had spare clothes in a plas­tic pouch and was smeared with Vase­line to keep out the cold dur­ing the swim through the world’s busiest ship­ping lane.

Po­lice in Calais said her body was found on a beach near the coastal town of Wimereux on Sun­day.

A pub­lic of­fi­cial in Boulogne said: “The body was clothed in a wet­suit and still wet. We found clothes in a bag on cliffs above the beach.

“She was pre­pared for long-dis­tance swim­ming with Vase­line on her skin to pre­vent ir­ri­ta­tions.

“She also had more clothes in a plas­tic bag un­der­neath her wet­suit and a pocket con­tained en­ergy food bars and a com­pass.”

There are around 1,000 il­le­gal im­mi­grants massed in north­ern France.

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