Body of teenage migrant found on French beach

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French politicians believe the boy, whose body was found in Calais, went missing while attempting to cross the English Channel in a small boat.

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A 16-year-old from Sudan who disappeared at sea has been found dead on a French beach, repprts the BBC.

French politicians believe the boy, whose body was found in Calais, went missing while attempting to cross the English Channel in a small boat.

A search operation began after another migrant was found with hypothermia on the shore at about 02:00 BST.

He told authorities that his friend, who could not swim, was missing after their makeshift boat capsized.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said the death of the young migrant was a "brutal reminder" that people smugglers exploit the vulnerable.

The Home Office would not confirm whether he was trying to reach the UK.

More than 4,800 people have crossed the Channel in about 360 small boats this year.

Labour MP Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow home secretary, said the government's response to the rise in crossings had been "lacking in compassion and competence".

He urged ministers to "step up work with international partners to find a humanitarian solution to this crisis, which is costing lives".

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