A migrant boat has sunk off the coast of France and 18 people have been taken to hospital.
A large-scale search and rescue operation was launched on Tuesday after a sailing boat spotted the vessel in difficulty.
Customs and navy patrol boats went to the vicinity, assisted by a lifeboat and fishing vessel.
Eighteen people have been taken to hospitals in Calais and Dunkirk, according to the Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea.
A search operation for any other passengers continues.
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