According to the news in the British media, at around 04:00 local time, the boat carrying irregular migrants sank off the coast of Cap Gris Nez region of France.
British coast guard ships moved to the region for search and rescue efforts. Search and rescue operations were carried out in the region by French ships and helicopters.
According to initial reports, 6 people died in the incident.
Civil lifeboat organizations headquartered in France reported that 54 people, including a woman, were rescued and the boat was very crowded.
Some of the rescued irregular migrants were transferred to hospitals in Calais, France, and some in Dover, England.
After the patrol agreement with the UK, France increased its patrol activities on the coast by 40 percent to stop irregular migrants.
The UK has announced that 100,000 irregular migrants have entered the country through the English Channel since 2018, and since the beginning of the year, this number has been 15,826 as of August 10.
It was determined that 755 people came to the island illegally on 10 August alone, and this figure was recorded as the highest irregular immigrant entry in 2023.