A migrant carrying a baby wrapped in a blanket is brought ashore in Dover as up to 30 more people are picked up from the English Channel overnight – as figures show another 118 arrived in the UK yesterday
- Another 118 migrants reached the UK on Friday on four small boats
- A man in his 20s from Sudan died yesterday after falling in the water
- A migrant arrived in Dover carrying a small baby wrapped in blankets
- The French are said to have intercepted or rescued 97 other people
A migrant carrying a baby wrapped in a blanket is brought ashore in Dover as up to 30 other people were picked up in the English Channel overnight.
Figures show a further 118 migrants reached the UK on Friday on four boats – the French are believed to have intercepted or rescued a further 97 people.
A man, believed to be in his 20s and from Sudan, died after falling into the water while making the perilous crossing from northern France to Britain on Friday morning.
He was found unconscious and brought ashore for treatment, but was later pronounced dead.
Twenty-five people were found on board the boat and were picked up by rescue teams while five others were found on a nearby sandbar, French authorities said.
A migrant who arrived in the UK on Saturday morning was pictured holding a small baby who had been wrapped in several blankets.
A migrant carrying a baby wrapped in a blanket is brought ashore in Dover as up to 30 others were picked up in the English Channel overnight
Figures show a further 118 migrants reached the UK on Friday on four boats – the French are believed to have intercepted or rescued a further 97 people
As many as three migrants could still be missing according to testimonies of those rescued on Friday, according to reports in French media. An investigation into what happened has been opened by the Boulogne-sur-Mer prosecutor’s office.
The latest death in the English Channel, which would be the first this year, comes after 27 migrants drowned in November after their dinghy capsized near Calais. Five women and a young girl are among the victims.
At least 39 people died trying to cross the English Channel last year, according to figures from the International Organization for Migration.
Charity bosses and MPs described yesterday’s death in the English Channel as a ‘tragedy’ and urged the government to act to end dangerous small boat crossings.
It comes as figures from Friday showed more than 450 migrants had crossed the English Channel from France to the UK in two weeks. A total of 271 the migrants were confirmed to have made the dangerous crossing on Thursday – bringing the total number of arrivals so far this year to at least 458.
The total number of migrant arrivals on Thursday was higher than the total figure for January last year – when 223 people in 15 boats crossed the English Channel in 31 days.
More than 28,381 people crossed the Channel to the UK in the whole of 2021, compared to 8,400 in 2020.
Footage from Friday shows an RNLI lifeboat bringing a group of migrants to Dover in the early morning, when the air temperature was as low as 6C (42F).
A migrant arriving in the UK on Saturday morning was pictured holding a small baby who had been wrapped in several blankets
Migrants were landed in Dover on Saturday morning
A migrant wrapped himself in a blanket to try and keep warm on Saturday
A migrant carried a baby in a bundle of blankets when he arrived in the UK on Saturday
During this time, sea temperatures were also around 9.5 °C (49 °F). Experts say the average person can afford to be in such cold water for “between five and ten minutes” before risking hypothermia.
The RNLB City of London II Dover Lifeboat brought the group of young men wearing woolen jackets and hats to Dover Marina.
One gave a thumbs up in celebration at around 2am as his big black RHIB was left in the harbor filled with abandoned gear and an outboard motor.
Meanwhile, around 45 migrants were brought ashore by an RNLI lifeboat in Dungeness on Thursday evening – the first such crossing so far this year.
French authorities also prevented 75 people from making the dangerous journey through the Strait of Dover in three incidents, according to the Home Office.
Those who arrived in Dover on Friday, all of whom appeared to be men, were seen wrapped in thick coats as they were led from the lifeboat to shore.
Those brought ashore at Dungeness, all believed to be men and all claiming to be from Syria, were escorted out of an RNLI lifeboat before being taken to Border Force personnel for be treated.