Forty migrants including two children are rescued from the Channel

Forty migrants including two children are rescued from the Channel

Forty migrants including two children are rescued from the English Channel from five boats including one after the engine failed on the dinghy they were using to cross from Calais

  • Authorities intercepted five boats attempting to cross the Channel today 
  • The engine on one boat which was carrying nine migrants failed near Calais
  • A girl was among eight people who landed in Folkestone, Kent at around 2.40am
  • A child was one of 13 people on a dingy helped by the Border Force near Deal 

Authorities rescued 40 people including two children from the English Channel today after five groups of migrants attempted cross into the UK from France on small vessels. 

One boat carrying nine people suffered an engine failure shortly after leaving France. Fortunately the migrants were rescued by French authorities. 

The Home Office confirmed that five groups of migrants, mostly Iraqi, Iranian and Afghani, arrived in the country. 

French authorities intercepted this rubber dinghy off the coast of Calais carrying nine migrants after the engine on their boat failed in an bid to cross the Channel overnight. In total 40 migrants made it from France to the UK under the cover of darkness 

One group of eight migrants, including a young girl arrived in Folkestone, Kent at around 2.40am. 

Border Force officials spotted a dinghy off the coast of Deal, Kent shortly before 7am carrying 13 people including a child. 

A Border Force cutter was sent to the Channel to intercept a dingy carrying seven men and a woman at around 5.50am. 

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The migrants were offered medical attention before being interviewed by immigration officials.  

Officials said the children will be placed in the care of social services.  

In another incident in French waters, nine migrants were rescued and are now in the UK after the engine of the vessel they were travelling in failed.

They have been transferred to the Coastguard to be assessed.

Border Force officials are being assisted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency after being called to an incident in the Channel before 9.20am involving two people in a small boat travelling towards the UK.

All 40 people are now in the UK, the Home Office said.

Criminal gangs have been smuggling migrants across the Channel in dinghies such as this Zodiac, pictured earlier this month in Dover, Kent. Six people made it into the UK in this boat

A spokeswoman said: ‘Border Force has intercepted a number of boats containing migrants attempting to cross the Channel overnight and this morning, and has deployed resources to deal with these incidents.

‘The evidence shows there is organised criminal gang activity behind illegal migration attempts by small boats across the Channel.

‘We are working closely with the French and law enforcement partners to target these gangs, who exploit vulnerable people and put lives at risk.’

The Christmas Day crossings follow a number of migrant rescues in recent months involving people trying to travel across the Channel to Britain.


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