By Connor Steel

HOME SECRETARY Suella Braverman has vowed to stop migrant crossings in the English Channel after a major incident that occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning (December 14); tragically causing the deaths of four people alongside multiple injuries as search and rescue operators battled to save many lives.

The incident occurred at approximately 3am this morning when a migrant boat suffered difficulties in ice-cold waters between France and Kent.  Emergency services were called, including a helicopter from Lee-on-the-Solent, with a nearby fishing vessel successfully rescuing a figure of thirty-one people in freezing conditions.

In her urgent statement after Prime Minister’s Questions, the Fareham MP stated that she had spoken to her French counterpart Gérald Darmanin earlier this morning; adding that many of the survivors are “fighting for their lives” in hospital. These included women and children with rescue operations still continuing at this time.

This morning’s tragedy joins a similar event in November 2021, which saw a total of twenty-seven deaths in the English Channel. Another four are still missing and a suspect was reportedly arrested in connection with this incident, which was referenced by Ms Braverman in her short address to sombre Commons colleagues.