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Migrant disaster: As much as 200 asylum seekers arrive in Dover after crossing the English Channel


As much as 200 migrants crossed the English Channel this morning regardless of the chilly and foggy circumstances at sea.

The primary asylum seekers had been seen dressed of their winter coats upon their arrival in Dover, Kent earlier than daybreak.

The migrants had been intercepted by a Border Drive vessel whereas making the bitterly chilly crossing after which handed blankets as they disembarked the boat. A second Border Drive vessel arrived within the port shortly after 9am.

At the least 4 separate teams of migrants are thought to have made the treacherous journey throughout the 21-mile Dover Straits in rubber dinghies or different small craft thus far right this moment.

With every small boat usually transporting between 40 and 50 migrants, it’s thought that as much as 200 asylum seekers could have reached British soil earlier than 10am this morning.

As much as 200 extra migrants crossed the English Channel this morning in 4 small boats (pictured after being picked up by Border Drive)

A group of people thought to be migrants are boarded on a coach at the immigration processing centre in Dover, Kent

A gaggle of individuals considered migrants are boarded on a coach on the immigration processing centre in Dover, Kent

This comes after 442 migrants, including a small baby, crossed the Channel on Sunday, January 22, bringing the full for 2023 thus far to 592, in accordance with official authorities figures.

The French coastguard confirmed they prevented an extra 53 asylum seekers from reaching the UK the identical day.

Early within the morning, the French Coastguard was alerted to a ship in problem off the coast of Calais.

The help and salvage tug Abeille Normandie was tasked with rescuing 53 stranded individuals, who had been recovered on board the vessel.

They had been then dropped off on the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, the place they had been handed into the care of the hearth and rescue service, emergency medical help service, and the border police.

Sunday additionally noticed it revealed that British ministers had spent greater than £20million in 2022 deploying the Royal Navy to try to halt the small boats disaster.

Last year saw a record 45,728 people arrive in the UK in 1,104 boats - an average of 41 people per vessel

Final 12 months noticed a file 45,728 individuals arrive within the UK in 1,104 boats – a median of 41 individuals per vessel

Government officials have predicted the number of people crossing the Channel in small boats could reach 80,000 in 2023

Authorities officers have predicted the variety of individuals crossing the Channel in small boats may attain 80,000 in 2023

It revealed that British ministers had spent more than £20million in 2022 deploying the Royal Navy to try and halt the small boats crisis

It revealed that British ministers had spent greater than £20million in 2022 deploying the Royal Navy to try to halt the small boats disaster

Navy vessels had been first deployed to help Border Drive final April by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who mentioned it will imply ‘no boat makes it to the UK undetected’.

A Freedom of Info request to the Ministry of Defence revealed taxpayers had stumped up £87,097 day by day for the navy to observe migrant crossings beneath Operation Isotrope.

Regardless of this, final 12 months noticed a file 45,728 individuals arrive within the UK in 1,104 boats – a median of 41 individuals per vessel – dwarfing 2021’s whole of 28,526.

August was the busiest month, with 8,641 individuals arriving in Britain by inflatable dinghy or different small craft, and the busiest day got here on August 22 when 1,295 migrants made the perilous journey in simply 24-hours.

The Ministry of Defence is ready to drag out of the Channel on January 31 – handing accountability again to Border Drive.

Ahead of a supposed crackdown on small boat arrivals, the people smugglers are demanding up to £18,000 a head at they boast having a '100 per cent success' rate (pictured: screenshot from a TikTok video posted by people traffickers)

Forward of a supposed crackdown on small boat arrivals, the individuals smugglers are demanding as much as £18,000 a head at they boast having a ‘100 per cent success’ price (pictured: screenshot from a TikTok video posted by individuals traffickers)

Authorities officers have predicted the variety of individuals crossing the Channel in small boats may attain 80,000 in 2023.

Albanian gangs have already launched a TikTok promoting blitz providing stowaway journeys to the UK, with criminals demanding as much as £18,000 a head – boasting of a ‘100 per cent success’ file .

Not like small boat arrivals, who’re often collected by lifeboats and handed to Border Drive officers, lorry migrants disappear on arrival.

In the meantime it emerged final week that three out of five of Britain’s Border Force cutters are currently undergoing maintenance instead of patrolling the English Channel defending the nation’s shoreline. 

HMC Valiant, pictured, is undergoing a £2 million 'ship life extension programme'

HMC Valiant, pictured, is present process a £2 million ‘ship life extension programme’ 

HMP Protector, pictured, has been moored in Lowestoft, Suffolk for at least six months. It has been tied up for so long that it has been mapped on Google Street View

HMP Protector, pictured, has been moored in Lowestoft, Suffolk for at the least six months. It has been tied up for thus lengthy that it has been mapped on Google Avenue View

HMC Protector, Valiant and Seeker are all tied up in Lowestoft, Suffolk the place they’re all present process repairs, or recertification.

HMC Protector was purchased second hand from the Finnish Navy in 2013. In accordance with marine monitoring information it has been moored up for the previous six months awaiting security certification works which had been resulting from final 25 days. 

HMC Seeker can also be present process work anticipated to price as much as £123,000 and due to last as long as 25 days.

A House Workplace official mentioned: ‘Our utmost precedence is defending the protection of the general public, the upkeep of Border Drive’s vessels is managed all year long to make sure that this doesn’t influence on our operational effectiveness.’

They didn’t present any touch upon why the three cutters had been out of service on the similar time.   

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