The Independent

Coastguard failings in Channel migrant deaths

Staff ‘worked 20-hour days’ ahead of tragedy that claimed 27 lives


An overstretc­hed team at HM Coastguard working up to 20 hours a day made mistakes during the response to the mass drowning tragedy in the Channel a year ago today, a source told The Independen­t. At least 27 lives were lost, including a pregnant woman – five bodies are still missing. It took British and French coastguard­s 12 hours to respond following the first mayday call as they argued over who was responsibl­e.

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