Numerous migrants were saved from rough waters by the English Channel, and transported to Britain in an overnight rescue operation.
Photos show Border Force and Lifeboat vessels at Port of Dover, helping people disembark at the arrival gates.
It is believed that around 100 persons, including small children and babies were pulled out of just four dinghies.
Many migrants were saved from rough waters by the English Channel, and transported to Britain in an overnight rescue operation
After setting out under darkness to reach the French coast, the dozens of migrants arrived in difficult conditions.
Several children, including small ones, were rescued by the RNLI’s lifeboat this morning.
Even though 27 people died last week, the Channel reported that several others were also killed when their boat, a small one, sank.
It is believed that the dinghies of the migrants entered the water in Gravelines (just south of Dunkirk) at around 6:00 AM.
Reports suggest that a Coastguard Spotter plane was called in from Doncaster after being alerted to ‘torches flashes’ coming from boats in the Channel at around 2am.
A RNLI ship is reported to have found approximately 100 migrants aboard different boats in choppy water. The migrants were brought aboard the lifeboat to Dover.
Photographs show Border Force and Lifeboat vessels arriving at Port of Dover to assist passengers as they disembark at immigration gates.
According to reports, the migrants’ dinghies entered the waters at Gravelines in France, south of Dunkirk.
Fog and swirls of two metres have hampered operations this morning, mainly because of poor weather conditions.
The incident occurred after 27 people drowned, seven of them pregnant and three kids, when the boat they were on capsized in Channel.
At most 14 other people died trying to complete the trip this year.
The two sole survivors – an Iraqi and a Somalian – told police their poorly made dinghy was hit by a container ship, puncturing its thin rubber hull.
Five people have been arrested in France over the 27 deaths, including one man held overnight driving a German-registered vehicle packed with inflatable ribs, although there is ‘no provable link’ with the sinking, according to prosecutors, despite French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin insisting all were ‘directly linked’ to the drownings.
According to reports, a Coastguard Spotter aircraft was dispatched from Doncaster in response to the ‘torches flashes coming from Channel boats at 2am.
People who want to travel to the UK will pay thousands to people smugglers, who may be able to buy vessels at a fraction of the cost.
This comes after furious Tories warn that Emmanuel Macron’s petulance’ could cause Channel deaths. After Boris Johnson spat at him and Priti Patel were excluded from a crisis summit, the French president has now made it clear.
After the PM had sent Mr Macron an open letter requesting action on the migration flows, Mr Macron vented furiously. He also called Mr Johnson “not serious” during a press conference in Italy.
Meanwhile, the presidential spokesperson said that Premier’s mediocre proposals “don’t correlate at all” with the talks the leaders held Wednesday.