Migrants from the Channel: around fifty people make the trip after the sinking of a boat



More than 50 people made the perilous journey through Channel Thursday morning after the deadliest tragedy of the current migrant crisis.

A group of people wearing life jackets and wrapped in blankets were seen huddled together on plank an RNLI rescue boat before climbing to the shores of Dover. They had made the crossing just a day after a canoe capsized from the rating of Calais, killing dozens.



The independent understands that a border force boat, the BF Valiant, arrived in Dover around 4 a.m. with between ten and fifteen people on board. An RNLI boat then arrived around 5:30 a.m. with an additional 40 to 50 people.

A red double-decker bus was seen leaving Dover Marina at 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning, carrying at least twenty migrants, wrapped in blankets, on the upper deck and ten more on the lower deck. It was reported that the bus was also used as a makeshift waiting room. The people were reportedly taken one or two for assessment and treatment before being taken by minibus to an adjacent fenced complex where they await transport to accommodation elsewhere in the country.



Two Border Force boats are also currently patrolling UK waters. A local fisherman said people crossing the Channel in small boats faced “terrifying” conditions that no commercial fisherman would risk.

Craig Collins, of Channel Angling in Dover, said the canoes people use would be tossed around in 5m swells and freezing temperatures put people at risk of hypothermia. He added: “It’s brutal over there, right now we have northwesterly winds that are just going to crush the boats. They enter directly, it would even be difficult to leave the beaches ”.



“I wouldn’t want to be there,” he continued, “no commercial fisherman would go in there… It’s not just the cold, it’s the spray of the water, They’ll be hypothermic in 20 minutes there. “

Two shorter canoes, which The independent information was used by migrants on the way, was inspected by border officials Thursday morning.

Border officials are inspecting a number of confiscated rubber dinghies, the two on the left are believed to have been used during the Channel crossing on Thursday morning.

(The independent)

French interior minister Gerald Darmanin said the loss of 27 lives on Wednesday night was an “absolute tragedy” as he blamed the human trafficking gangs who promised people “England’s El Dorado” for a significant sum.

Natalie Elphicke, the Conservative MP for Dover, called for increased patrols on French beaches to prevent boats from entering dangerous waters.

Talk to BBC breakfast On Thursday morning, she said the Channel crossing was “very dangerous” and said the best way to “keep people safe” would be to increase patrols on French soil “where they are already safe” .

However, Calais MP Pierre-Henri Dumont said it would not be realistic to expect more police officers to patrol the coastline in France. “We have 200-300 km [125-186 miles] from the shore to watch 24/7, and it only takes five to ten minutes to pick up a boat and fill it with migrants, ”he said.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called for a better system based on “compassion, justice and cooperation beyond borders” in the wake of “devastating loss of life”.

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