79 migrants arrive on five small boats in ONE day
79 illegal migrants have crossed the English Channel in five small boats, making it the second-highest number to cross the Channel in a single day, with 86 arriving on 10 September.
These instances saw a reaction of a massive air and sea operation involving Border Force, Kent Police, HM Coastguards and the RNLI with a lifeboat launched from Dover.
Three boats carrying 49 people were met by Border Force officials off the coast of Kent, with a further 11 people being rescued from a fourth vessel by the RNLI.
Another small dinghy was found abandoned on the beach in Kingsdown and 20 people were subsequently detained by police and Home Office officials.
Kent Online reports in detail on the first interception, according to reports the first case, at around 2:50am, a Border Force vessel intercepted a RHIB (rigid-hulled inflatable boat), which was carrying a group of 8 people. These were seven men and one child. They presented themselves as Iranian and Afghan nationals.
At 5.30am a Border Force vessel stopped another boat this time carrying 20 people, reportedly men, women and children who said they were Iranian and Iraqi.
In the third case, at around 7:45am, officers from Immigration Enforcement and Kent Police attended a beach at Old Stairs, Kingsdown and found 20 people. Their genders and nationalise have not yet been confirmed.
I am sure they are all fully qualified doctors and engineers, and in a few years they will be just as English as you or me!