Border Force rescue 22 migrants in sinking boat

Border Force rescue 22 migrants in sinking boat

Dicing with death to reach UK: Border Force rescue 22 migrants in sinking boat after people smugglers ignore fog and 10ft waves to make Channel dash – the third day of dangerous crossings so far this year

  • The RNLI saved the group – which included women and young children – from the rough Channel at about 1am
  • Rescuers were dispatched after receiving an emergency distress signal when their 8ft RIB started leaking
  • Speedwell Border Force Vessel, which had saved one boat of migrants, turned back and rescued the others

Around 22 migrants have been rescued in the English Channel after getting stuck in thick fog and 10ft waves. The RNLI saved the group – including women and young children – from the rough seas at about 1am.

Rescuers were dispatched after receiving an emergency distress signal when their 8ft RIB started rapidly taking on water.

Speedwell Border Force Vessel, which had already saved one boat of migrants, turned back and rescued the other 22. Two young children were brought ashore by officials, wrapped in blankets and wearing coats.

Around 22 migrants have been rescued in the Channel after getting stuck in thick fog and 10m waves

The RNLI saved the group – including women and young children – from the rough seas at about 1am

Rescuers were dispatched after receiving an emergency distress call when their 8ft RIB started taking on water

It comes after up to 100 migrants reached the UK on Monday after crossing the Channel in small boats.

At least 60 people were thought to have made the journey overnight, arriving in the UK before 5.30am.

Border Force brought around 35 migrants into the Port of Dover at 4.40am, with another 30 or so arriving by lifeboat less than an hour later.

Several members of the group, which included a baby, appeared to be suffering from cramp after the long journey.

One migrant was seen being carried in a fireman’s lift up the ramp towards the immigration facility at Tug Haven, in the port.

Speedwell Border Force Vessel, which had already saved one boat of migrants, turned back and rescued the other 22

Two young children were brought ashore by officials, wrapped in blankets and wearing coats. Pictured: Ribs on the shoreline overnight

Later, at least 30 people were escorted into Dover aboard Border Force vessel Searcher at around midday.

It was thought to be the second day of migrant crossings this year after 66 were intercepted in the English Channel on January 4.

Last year saw a record-breaking 28,381 people reach Britain from northern France, more than triple the number who crossed in the previous 12 months.

November also brought the gravest tragedy since the crisis began, with the deaths of 27 men, women and children after their dinghy sank.

Priti Patel has insisted a package of measures to be brought in by the Nationality and Borders Bill will slash numbers and make Britain less attractive to illegal migrants.

The Bill is currently before the House of Lords and is expected to return to the Commons for further debate later this month.

A Border Force official walks with one of the migrants overnight up to the port at Dover for processing

One of the Border Force vessels enters the harbour carrying migrants who made the dangerous crossing overnight

Meanwhile border agency Frontex reported the number of irregular migrants who crossed into the Bloc last year was ‘just short of 200,000’ – the highest since 2017.

The number of detected crossings was 57 per cent higher than 2020 when Covid restrictions drastically reduced migration but also 36 percent higher than 2019, Frontex said in a statement.

The statement said arrivals were now ‘above pre-pandemic levels’.

‘This suggests that factors other than the lifting of restrictions on global mobility are the cause of increased migratory pressure,’ the Warsaw-based agency said.

It said one new factor in 2021 was the influx of migrants – most from the Middle East – through Belarus in what the EU says was a deliberate operation by the Belarusian regime.

There were also sharp increases in migrant arrivals through the Central Mediterranean, the Western Balkans and Cyprus.

The main route was the Central Mediterranean – accounting for 65,362 arrivals, or around a third of the total.

The year-on-year increase was 83 percent, Frontex said.

The Western Balkans saw a 124-percent increase from 2020 to 60,540 people. In Cyprus, there were 10,400 recorded arrivals – 123-percent higher than the previous year.

Overall in 2021, Syrians were the most numerous among irregular migrants, followed by Tunisians, Moroccans, Algerians and Afghans.

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