What is known about the shipwreck that killed 31 immigrants trying to reach the UK

Migrants aboard a Border Force rescue boat wait to disembark in the port of Dover

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A record number of immigrants try to make the crossing between France and the UK

A boat carrying immigrants trying to reach the UK sank in the English Channel, near the city of Calais, the French government said.

At least 31 people died in the wreck, according to French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex called the case a “tragedy” and said the dead were victims of “criminal smugglers”.

French and British authorities carry out search operations in the English Channel area by sea and also with aircraft.