Sudanese boy, 16, washed up on French beach after trying to reach UK
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The body of a 16-year-old Sudanese boy has been found washed up on a beach in France after he tried to reach the UK.
Authorities in France announced the news with “immense sadness”, saying the boy was found on the beach of Sangatte, near Calais.
Minister Marlene Schiappa, who is in charge of citizenship in France’s government, said the teenager was found on Tuesday morning.
The teenager’s death comes as migrants making the perilous crossing of the English Channel has been a focus of the UK Government amid a record number of journeys.
Home Secretary Priti Patel, who has pledged to make the route “unviable”, said the death is “an upsetting and tragic loss of a young life”.
“This horrendous incident serves as a brutal reminder of the abhorrent criminal gangs and people smugglers who exploit vulnerable people,” she added.
“Working together we are determined to stop them.”
Ms Shiappa also said the death highlighted the need to tackle the smugglers.
“Immense sadness: A 16-year-old Sudanese migrant who disappeared in the sea last night was found dead in the beach in Sangatte this morning,” she tweeted.