Eighteen people in hospital as migrant boat sinks off French coast | World news | The Guardian

Eighteen people in hospital as migrant boat sinks off French coast | World news | The Guardian

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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