Paris, Feb 28 (AP) French maritime authorities say a body has been found and searches are underway for two people feared missing on the treacherous English Channel crossing route used by migrants hoping to reach Britain from France.

In a statement, the maritime authorities overseeing French waters in the channel said about 180 people were assisted on Wednesday in four rescue operations coordinated by the French side.

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Some of those rescued told the crew of a French navy vessel that three people had gone missing during their crossing attempt, the statement said.

Searches with French navy boats and a helicopter found one person who couldn't be revived. Two other people are still missing, it said.

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A statement from the British government said “we can confirm there has been an incident in the Channel involving a small boat in French waters. French authorities are leading the response and investigation". (AP)

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