Suspected migrant trying to reach Britain found dead on French beach

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Rescue workers on Sunday found the body of a man wearing a life vest, thought to be a migrant trying to reach Britain, on a beach near the northern French town of Sangatte, prosecutors said.

The man, thought to be aged between 20 and 40, likely drowned while trying to cross the Channel, Boulogne-sur-Mer prosecutor Pascal Marconville told AFP.

“There were lots of crossing attempts” overnight to take advantage of fair weather, he said.

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Local authorities issued a statement suggesting the man may have been Iranian and saying they were investigating the circumstances of his death.

On Saturday they reported nine thwarted attempts at crossings involving 201 migrants, while 102 others succeeded in reaching Britain aboard seven vessels. Sunday saw 11 thwarted crossings involving 191 migrants.

Early Sunday evening, 65 migrants including four women and five children were rescued at sea, with one suffering from severe hypothermia.

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