Migrants with babies wrapped in blankets are landed in Dover as a further 30 people are picked up in the Channel overnight – as figures show a further 118 reached the UK yesterday
- Another 118 migrants reached the UK on four small boats on Friday
- A man in his twenties from Sudan died yesterday after falling into the water
- A male migrant arrived in Dover with a small baby wrapped in blankets
- French allegedly intercepted or rescued another 97 people
A migrant carrying a baby wrapped in a blanket is brought ashore in Dover as another 30 people were picked up in the Channel overnight.
Figures show a further 118 migrants reached the UK on Friday by four boats – with the French allegedly intercepting or rescuing a further 97 people.
A man, believed to be in his twenties and from Sudan, fell into the water on Friday morning while making the dangerous crossing from northern France to Great Britain.
He was found unconscious and brought back to shore for treatment, but was later pronounced dead.
Twenty-five people were found still aboard the boat and were picked up by rescue teams, while five others were found on a nearby sandbar, French authorities said.
A male migrant who arrived in the UK on Saturday morning was pictured with a small baby wrapped in several blankets.
A migrant carrying a baby wrapped in a blanket is brought ashore in Dover as 30 more people were picked up in the Channel overnight
Figures show a further 118 migrants reached the UK on Friday by four boats – with the French allegedly intercepting or rescuing a further 97 people
As many as three migrants could still be missing according to testimonies from those rescued on Friday, according to French media reports. An investigation into what happened has been opened by the Prosecutor of Boulogne-sur-Mer.
The latest death in the Channel, believed to be the first this year, comes after 27 migrants drowned in November after their dinghy capsized near Calais. The victims included five women and a young girl.
At least 39 people were said to have died trying to cross the Channel last year, according to figures from the International Organization for Migration.
Charitable bosses and MPs described yesterday’s death in the Channel as a ‘tragedy’ and urged the government to take action to end the dangerous crossing of small boats.
Figures show that more than 450 migrants crossed the Channel from France to the UK in two weeks on Friday. A total of 271 Migrants were confirmed to have made the dangerous crossing on Thursday – total number of arrivals this year so far at a minimum of 458.
The total number of migrants who arrived on Thursday was more than the full figure from January last year – when 223 people in 15 boats crossed the Channel in 31 days.
In all of 2021, more than 28,381 people crossed the Channel to the UK, compared to 8,400 in 2020.
Footage from Friday shows an RNLI lifeboat carrying a group of migrants to Dover in the early hours when air temperatures were as low as 6C (42F).
A male migrant who arrived in the UK on Saturday morning was pictured with a small baby wrapped in several blankets
Migrants landed in Dover on Saturday morning
A migrant wrapped himself in a blanket to try to warm up on Saturday
A migrant was carrying a baby in a bundle of blankets when he arrived in the UK on Saturday
Sea temperatures meanwhile were also around 9.5C (49F). Experts say the average person can afford to be in water that cold for “between five and 10 minutes” before running the risk of becoming hypothermic.
The RNLB City of London II Dover Lifeboat took the group of young men wearing coats and wool hats to Dover Marina.
One of them raised a thumbs up to celebrate their arrival at about 2 a.m. when their large black RHIB was left in port, filled with discarded equipment and an outboard motor.
Meanwhile, about 45 migrants were landed on Thursday evening by an RNLI lifeboat in Dungeness – the first crossing of its kind so far this year.
According to the Interior Ministry, the French authorities also prevented 75 people from making the dangerous journey across the Strait of Dover in three incidents.
Those who arrived in Dover on Friday, who all appeared to be men, were seen wrapped in thick coats as they were led from the lifeboat to shore.
Those taken to shore in Dungeness, all men claiming to be from Syria, were escorted from an RNLI lifeboat before being taken to Border Force personnel for treatment.