Man charged over shipwreck that killed four in the English Channel

A man was charged on Sunday on suspicion of ‘facilitating the attempted illegal entry of people into Britain’ in connection with the investigation into the sinking of a migrant boat in the English Channel that left four dead on Wednesday, British police said.

A 19-year-old man, Ibrahima Bah, was arrested on Friday “in connection” with the investigation into the sinking, police said in a statement released on Sunday. He was accused of “knowingly facilitating the attempt to arrive in the UK by persons whom he knew or had reason to believe were asylum seekers”. He has been remanded in custody and will appear in court in Folkestone in southern England on Monday.

Four dead, 39 survivors

Four migrants, including a teenager, died when their boat capsized while trying to cross the English Channel on Wednesday night. Thirty-nine were saved.

The police explained in the press release that they are still working to establish the identity of these victims and notify their next of kin. Since the beginning of the year, more than 45,000 migrants have made the perilous crossing in these busy waters unheard of.

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