French authorities recovered the bodies of 27 migrants who they said drowned in the English Channel trying to reach the U.K., one of the area’s deadliest migrant crossings in recent years.
A fisherman saw bodies floating in the sea on Wednesday and alerted French authorities around 2 p.m. local time, officials said. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said five women and a little girl were among the dead. He said only two migrants had been rescued alive so far, and both remain in critical condition. Rescue operations are continuing, he said.