At least 32 migrants bound for Britain died when their boat sank in the English Channel in an unusually deadly sinking on the dangerous crossing, according to a French police official.
A joint French-British operation to search for survivors was still underway Wednesday evening.
About 50 people were believed to be in the boat when it sank, according to the official, who was not authorised to be publicly named.
The nationalities of the travellers were not released.
First Published: IST