MIGRANT DIES IN CHANNEL BID
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.