Eighteen people have been taken to hospital after a migrant boat sunk off the coast of France.
A widespread rescue operation is searching for other passengers.
A sailboat raised the alarm after it spotted the vessel – which was travelling in wind gusts of up to 18mph – in difficulty near Dunkirk.
Customs and Navy patrol boats from France and Belgium went to the area, along with a lifeboat and fishing vessel.
Eighteen people were been taken to hospitals in Calais and Dunkirk, according to the Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea.
It’s believed the people on the boat were trying to get to the UK.
The Dunkirk public prosecutor is investigating what caused the sinking.
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