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The girl drowned while crossing the English Channel

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A seven-year-old girl died trying to cross the English Channel.

A seven-year-old girl drowned after a small boat carrying 16 people trying to reach Britain capsized in northern France, French authorities said.

The prefecture of France's Nord department said the boat capsized on Sunday while the passengers were in the A Canal, several kilometers from the waterway's opening in the English Channel.

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Firefighters and police officials rushed to the spot after an eyewitness raised the alarm.

The boat, the local authority said in a statement "It was not of adequate size to carry so many people”.

It is said that "The “apparently stolen” boat was carrying the girl's parents, who were traveling with their three other children, while another couple, two men and six young children, were also on board and were all taken to hospital in Dunkirk. Is.

This is the third fatal crossing attempt this year. In January, five people, including a 14-year-old Syrian boy, died when they tried to board a boat south of the port city of Calais in freezing temperatures.

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