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Injured and barefoot migrants arrive at Dover after crossing Channel in rubber dinghy

Around 15 migrants including many without shoes have been intercepted crossing the Channel in inflatable boats today.

The first group of about seven men were brought into Dover Marina, Kent, on the back of a Border Force vessel shortly before 9am.

Temperatures plummeted overnight to 4C as the men battled to cross the Channel on a small boat while using tyre inner tubes as makeshift life-belts. 

One man was seen carrying his white trainers in his hands as he was helped onto the mooring and escorted up the gangway for processing this morning.

He was followed by another barefooted migrant without shoes in bitter 6C temperatures. Another only had socks on.

The first group of about seven men were brought into Dover Marina, Kent, on the back of a Border Force vessel shortly before 9am. Pictured, a man walked onto the gangway in bare feet

One man was given a pair of crutches to help him walk as he hobbled off the boat. He appeared to have an ankle splint on his left leg

One man was given a pair of crutches to help him walk as he hobbled off the boat. He appeared to have an ankle splint on his left leg

They were followed by another group of around seven men on the back of a black Border Force boat.

Immigration officers could be seen handing out single-use white flip flops so they had something on their feet while walking up the harbour.

One man was given a pair of crutches to help him walk as he hobbled off the boat. He appeared to have an ankle splint on his left leg.

Some of the migrants, who were all wearing red life jackets and disposable facemasks, carried their possessions in rucksacks and clear plastic bags.

Their green rigid hulled inflatable boat was towed in behind them.

The Home Office is yet to confirm how many migrants made the dangerous journey today and how many boats were intercepted but this year’s figure reached 600 after 66 arrived on Tuesday. 

Migrants were seen on a Border Force vessel as they were brought into Dover this morning

Migrants were seen on a Border Force vessel as they were brought into Dover this morning

One large green rigid hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) was pictured moored in the harbour filled with red life jackets and foil blankets

One large green rigid hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) was pictured moored in the harbour filled with red life jackets and foil blankets

It comes after 20 migrants arrived on Wednesday in two separate incidents.

French authorities also stopped two attempted crossings involving just three people.

Women and young children with no shoes on were among 66 migrants to cross the Channel on Tuesday.

A man on board one of four small boats intercepted had to be stretchered onto UK shores as he was suffering from exhaustion.

He was carefully lifted onto the mooring of Dover Marina from the back of a Border Force vessel.

The male migrant did not appear to be moving and had an oxygen tank between his legs.

Some of the migrants, who were all wearing red life jackets and disposable facemasks, carried their possessions in rucksacks and clear plastic bags

Pictured, a migrant carries his belongings in a clear plastic bag

Some of the migrants, who were all wearing red life jackets and disposable facemasks, carried their possessions in rucksacks and clear plastic bags

A man on board one of four small boats intercepted had to be stretchered onto UK shores as he was suffering from exhaustion. Pictured, the men were escorted along the gangway

A man on board one of four small boats intercepted had to be stretchered onto UK shores as he was suffering from exhaustion. Pictured, the men were escorted along the gangway

Medics were among staff who helped carry him up the gangway at around 10am.

But he was checked over and later declared medically fit, according to a Home Office spokesman.

One large green rigid hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) was pictured moored in the harbour filled with red life jackets and foil blankets.

Photographs showed a young boy who appeared to be around eight years old walking up the gangway alongside a woman wearing a brown coat.

They were followed by an officer carrying a small child wrapped up warm in a padded star patterned coat with no shoes on.

Wednesday’s crossings took the total to make the treacherous 21-mile trip so far this year to 617.

Temperatures plummeted overnight to 4C as the men battled to cross the Channel on a small boat while using tyre inner tubes as makeshift life-belts

They were followed by another group of around seven men on the back of a black Border Force boat. Pictured, the men

They were followed by another group of around seven men on the back of a black Border Force boat. Pictured, the men

A man is escorted up the gangway after travelling across the English Channel overnight

A man is escorted up the gangway after travelling across the English Channel overnight

Last month 308 migrants were intercepted in 18 incidents surpassing January’s figures of 223 in 15 incidents.

It compares to just 87 migrants in at least six boats in January 2020 while in February 2020 there were 192 in 12 boats.

In 2020 a record 8,410 arrived last year – dwarfing 2019’s total of 1,850.

A Home Office spokesperson said: ‘People should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach and not risk their lives making these dangerous crossings. We are continuing to pursue the criminals behind these illegal crossings.

‘Police patrols on French beaches and enhanced intelligence sharing between our security and law enforcement agencies has helped to prevent crossings.

‘The Government is also returning illegal migrants who have no right to stay in the UK to safe countries. In January, new rules were introduced which make asylum claims inadmissible where people have travelled through safe countries to get to the UK through illegal routes.’ 


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