A migrant has died trying to cross the English Channel from France to the UK, French authorities have confirmed.
The man, who is said to have been found wearing a life jacket, was found on a beach near Sangatte outside Calais at around 8am on Sunday.
He was found with nothing to confirm his identity but officers will work with migrant communities based in Calais and Dunkirk to try to establish who he was, French authorities have said.
Boulogne-sur-Mer prosecutor Pascal Marconville said it was likely the victim had drowned trying to make the crossing and his body had washed up on the shore a few hours later.
Local news site La Voix du Nord reported that several other boats had been intercepted on Sunday morning and made to turn back.
One contained 17 people, including a mother and three children suffering from hypothermia, reported the outlet.
According to Home Office Figures, 170 migrants crossed the Channel in 12 small boats on Saturday.
While a further 222 were prevented from crossing by the French authorities.
Clare Moseley, co-founder of charity Care4Calais explained refugees are “frightened” and “fleeing appalling horrors” and that’s why they take the risks they do.
Clare Moseley, said: “Refugees take this risk because they are frightened, fleeing appalling horrors in some of the most dangerous places on earth.
“They do it because of the grim and unsanitary conditions in Calais, where they are constantly harassed and abused by the authorities.
“They do it because there is no safe and legal way to have their UK asylum claim heard.”
Minister for Immigration Compliance and the Courts, Chris Philp, said on Saturday: “We are taking action at every step of these illegally facilitated journeys to make this route unviable.
“We are working closely with the French who today have stopped 222 people from making this dangerous crossing, seizing boats and equipment and intercepting people inland.”
He added: “We are also committed to fixing the asylum system, to stop those who have no right to be in the UK coming here, to make it fairer and firmer, compassionate to those who need help and welcoming people through safe and legal routes.”