Border Force catch up to 38 migrants in the Channel

Border Force catch up to 38 migrants including children in three boats desperate to get across the Channel bringing the total to 708 this year

  • Border Force caught ‘up to 38’ people trying to cross the Channel into Kent 
  • Home Office said they were ‘dealing with three ongoing small boat incidents’ 
  • Photographs show a woman carrying a young child at the dock in Dover

Border Force officers caught a group of ‘up to 38’ migrants off the coast of Dover, bringing the total to 708 this year. 

The group, which included children, were caught travelling across the Channel to Kent shortly before midday today, a witness said.

One image shows some of the group wearing orange life jackets as they were taken to shore in a Border Force rigid-inflatable boat. 

Other pictures show a vessel which appears to have been used by the migrants during their crossing being tugged, and a woman carrying a young child accompanied by officers in Dover. 

The group were caught travelling across the Channel to Kent shortly before midday, a witness said (pictured: Migrants arrive accompanied by Border Force in Dover today)


Pictured: Migrants being processed at the dock, accompanied by Border Force in Dover today

A spokesman for the Home Office said Border Force was ‘dealing with three ongoing small boat incidents off the Kent and Sussex coasts’ into the afternoon. 

HM Coastguard also confirmed it helped Border Force with three incidents.

A spokesman added: ‘We are only concerned with preservation of life, rescuing those in trouble and bringing them safely back to shore, where they will be handed over to the relevant partner emergency services or authorities.’

The Home Office said further details would be given later.

The group is believed to have attempted the crossing in three boats (pictured: Migrants accompanied by Border Force)

An HM Coastguard spokesman said: ‘We are only concerned with preservation of life, rescuing those in trouble and bringing them safely back to shore, where they will be handed over to the relevant partner emergency services or authorities’ 

In a separate incident earlier today a migrant trying to swim to Britain using flippers and a rubber ring was rescued from the Channel with hypothermia.

He was spotted by a fishing boat at dawn as he tried swimming to the south coast of England, according to the French coast guard.

He was hauled from the water with ‘mild hypothermia’ after trying to negotiate the busy shipping lane before he was handed to authorities in Calais.

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