Two children and adults died after the ship carrying migrants drowned off the shore of northern France.
A search operation started immediately when close to Dunkirk a boat was found in trouble.
Two children five and eight years old along with a man and a woman died. 15 people were admitted to the hospital.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson of United Kingdom (UK) stated his concerns were with the family members of the victims.
“We have offered the French authorities every support as they investigate this terrible incident, and will do all we can to crack down on the ruthless criminal gangs who prey on vulnerable people by facilitating these dangerous journeys,” uttered PM Johnson.
The passing boat notified the French officials about the boat after observing it at a distance of about 2 km from the French coast. Four French boats, a Belgian helicopter, and a French fishing boat were involved in the rescue mission and in looking for the drowned people.
The prosecutor’s office in Dunkirk has started an investigation with the intention of locating them.
The UK has regularly raised concerns for the migrants coming to France and discourage the stance of France authorities for not welcoming the migrants in the first place.
But regional MPs around Calais state that Britain is the gateway for migrants along this coast, not France, and that they will not be stopped by any kind of security.
Earlier this year, one French MP criticized the British government for mot having “even an ounce of humanity” by not accepting individuals to seek citizenship from outside the country.