Worthing candlelit vigil for 27 people who drowned in the Channel

A candlelit vigil for the 27 people who drowned while crossing the channel is to be held in Worthing tonight (Thursday, November 25).

Thursday, 25th November 2021, 12:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th November 2021, 12:50 pm

The vigil has been organised by XR Worthing and will take place at 6pm on Worthing sea front, east of the pier opposite The Dome.

The candlelit vigil comes after 27 people drowned whilst crossing the Channel yesterday – including seven women, one of whom was pregnant, and thee children.

Emma Cameron, member of XR Worthing, said: “We are heartbroken at the loss of life in the Channel.

A candle-lit vigil has been arranged by Stand Up To Racism Adur and Worthing for the 27 people who drowned whilst crossing the English Channel on November 24. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP) (Photo by DAVID MCNEW/AFP via Getty Images)

“We stand in solidarity with all people who are seeking safe passage.”

The International Organization for Migration said last night’s incident was the biggest single loss of life in the Channel since it began collecting data in 2014.

Other vigils and events are expected to be held across Sussex in the coming days to remember the 27 people who died after a boat heading for the UK capsized off the northern coast of France yesterday. They included seven women - one of whom was pregnant – and three children.

Another vigil in Hastings has already been arranged, organised by Stand Up To Racism, Hastings Community of Sanctuary and Hastings Supports Refugees.

The video above shows 53 people who arrived on Hastings beach on November 11 after being rescued by lifeboats in the Channel.