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Border Force asks the Royal Navy to intervene to stop migrants


The British border force has asked the Department of Defense for help the Strait of Dover amid a surge in the number of migrants making the treacherous journey across the canal.

The Coast Guard is responding to a "number of incidents" off the Kent coast today, while several Border Force vessels remain active in the channel after a high number of crossings in recent days.

The Department of Defense said it had received a formal request from the Home Office to assist the British border force.

In a statement, the Department of Defense said, “We are evaluating the requirements through formal military assistance to the civil authority process, and we are working hard to determine how we can most effectively help.

"As always, the Department of Defense will do everything possible to meet the HMG requirements."

Today I took pictures of a toddler who was brought to safety by the Border Force from a boat with at least six other people. There seemed to be other small children on board.

A toddler (pictured) was brought to safety by the Border Force as officers worked around the clock as the number of people making the treacherous journey across the canal skyrocketed

The boy was carried by a boat with at least six other people. There seemed to be other small children on board

The boy was carried by a boat with at least six other people. There seemed to be other small children on board

Border guards escort a group of men - presumably migrants - who are all wearing protective face masks in Dover

Border guards escort a group of men – presumably migrants – who are all wearing protective face masks in Dover

The Border Force ship is bringing a group of people - including children - who are considered migrants to the port city of Dover

The Border Force ship is bringing a group of people – including children – who are considered migrants to the port city of Dover

British ministers are pleading with France to toughen the canal's migrants, warning that 7,500 could cross by Christmas

UK ministers have asked France to be tough on migrants crossing the Channel into the UK after figures suggest that 7,500 migrants could cross by Christmas.

Almost 4,000 migrants have crossed the Channel into the UK so far this year, according to an analysis of the Border Force numbers.

This is believed to be more than double the total for all of 2019, which is believed to be less than 2,000 in the country.

According to an analysis of the official numbers by Migrationwatch, around 7,500 migrants will cross the channel by the end of the year.

That would be almost four times the 1,892 that crossed to the UK in 2019, the campaign group predicted.

Almost 4,000 migrants have crossed the Channel into the UK so far this year, according to an analysis of the Border Force numbers.

This is believed to be more than double the total for all of 2019, which is believed to be less than 2,000 in the country.

According to an analysis of the official numbers by Migrationwatch, around 7,500 migrants will cross the channel by the end of the year.

That would be almost four times the 1,892 that crossed to the UK in 2019, the campaign group predicted.

Kent County Council saw more than 500 unaccompanied migrant children, 23 of whom came on Thursday alone.

Council Chairman Roger Gough told The Times: “The numbers have increased over the last year as young people got through in trucks. Then, with the shutdown and disruption of the freight channels, the reliance on boats was much greater.

“We don't want a situation in which adults live in an environment with children and adolescents.

According to the sources, ministers are considering using the Australian "push-back" method – a tactic to keep illegal migrants out of Indonesia.

The navy would have to be used to intercept migrant boats in the canal.

However, some fear that such drastic interventions could lead to drowning – and wonder whether the move would even be legal.

A Defense Department source said it was "totally potty" to involve the Navy, the Times reported.

Migrants have been photographed with shovels to paddle their boats (picture) and some have used paddling pools in place of suitable ships

Migrants have been photographed with shovels to paddle their boats (picture) and some have used paddling pools in place of suitable ships

As recently as this morning, a group of people believed to be migrants were brought to Dover by Border Force personnel

As recently as this morning, a group of people believed to be migrants were brought to Dover by Border Force personnel

A border ship brought the group to Dover today after 130 people made the dangerous crossing on Friday

A border ship brought the group to Dover today after 130 people made the dangerous crossing on Friday

A group of migrants who tried to cross the canal on a dinghy were picked up by the National Gendarmerie and brought back to Calais today

A group of migrants who tried to cross the canal on a dinghy were picked up by the National Gendarmerie and brought back to Calais today

The group of tired migrants tried to cross the canal with a dinghy. You will be returned to France

The group of tired migrants tried to cross the canal with a dinghy. You will be returned to France

The National Gendarmerie returned the migrants to France after trying to cross the canal

The National Gendarmerie returned the migrants to France after trying to cross the canal

A group of 14 migrants – including a heavily pregnant woman – managed to land on the Kent coast this morning and came ashore in the village of Kingsdown, near Deal.

Officers were seen taking away possessions in bags of evidence as the migrants sat on the pebbles looking tired after their trip was completed.

Two other groups reportedly landed at Folkestone and Deal while several boats were brought into Dover Marina on another busy day for border guards.

A second oversized customs cutter has been called in to help the people making the treacherous 21-mile journey across the world's busiest shipping route.

The Dover lifeboat did not return to the marina until just before 8 p.m. Friday after being called out to see more troubled migrants at 4.30 p.m.

Their first mission was around 3:30 a.m. and the crew was back at sea at 9:00 a.m. today. The crossings are expected to continue until at least noon.

It comes after more than 130 migrants were picked up in 13 small boats on Friday.

235 people landed or were brought ashore by boats in the English Channel on Thursday, a record number for a single day.

In some cases, makeshift flotation devices have been made from household items.

Just four miles off the French coast, a man was found with empty soda bottles strapped to his body for a swim to Britain.

In another shocking case, a group tried to get to the other side of the canal in a children's wading pool while some tried wooden boats or kayaks.

In the picture: A swimmer crosses the English Channel when a dinghy with migrants is escorted by the French border police in the background on Friday

In the picture: A swimmer crosses the English Channel when a dinghy with migrants is escorted by the French border police in the background on Friday

So far this year, nearly 4,000 migrants have crossed the Channel into the UK. Pictured: Children are picked up from the Border Force ship Hunter after being taken to Dover, Kent in small boats crossing the English Channel

So far this year, nearly 4,000 migrants have crossed the Channel into the UK. Pictured: Children are picked up from the Border Force ship Hunter after being taken to Dover, Kent in small boats crossing the English Channel

The border guard accompanies a young family who are considered migrants from a border guard ship in Dover

The border guard accompanies a young family who are considered migrants from a border guard ship in Dover

Immigration Still Too High – Poll

More than half of the British believe that despite Tory's long-standing promises to lower it, immigration is still too high, a study said yesterday.

It warned Boris Johnson that voters will turn against him if his point-based immigration system allows for a wave of mass immigration.

The study by the Migration Watch UK think tank found that, according to recent surveys, 54 percent of respondents think that immigration has been too high in the past ten years.

Only 5 percent consider it too low. And more than six in ten respondents said the government mistreated immigration policies.

The analysis showed that concerns about the effects of immigration on a large scale became a major concern after Tony Blair opened the doors to millions of people inside and outside the European Union.

Concerns eased after David Cameron came to power in 2010, promising to bring immigration down to the 1990s level, and continued to subside after the 2016 Brexit referendum.

The report said: "Most still have strong views about an alleged lack of effective immigration control."

This week harrowing images surfaced of children wearing life jackets captured by the Border Force ship Hunter after being taken to Dover, Kent on a small boat.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the Royal Navy could be called in to prevent boats from entering British waters, although other senior officials and politicians say it could be impractical and potentially dangerous.

She tweeted: The number of illegal small boat crossings is appalling and unacceptably high.

& # 39; The numbers are shameful. France and other EU countries are safe countries. Real refugees should apply for asylum there, not risk their lives and break the law by coming to the UK.

“I'm working on making this route unprofitable. This includes: stopping boats leaving France and intercepting and returning those attempting to cross.

"This is complex and we are facing serious legal, legal and operational obstacles."

Former Labor Home Secretary Jack Straw, however, said any move based on Australia's controversial "push-back" approach could have lethal consequences.

"I don't think trying to push these people back is going to work and it will only take one of those dinghies to capsize and everyone has to drown, which is perfectly feasible for them to be a Hullabaloo, even at the Conservative Party, and so that the policy has to be reversed so that I don't go that route, ”he told BBC Radio 4's Today program.

Tony Smith, chief of the Border Force, said additional resources might not solve the problem as the Navy would be in the same boat as the Border Force politically. The only powers we have are search and rescue, and that is exactly what we did. "

He said dangerous crossings of the canal by boat will continue without an agreement with the French on the return of migrants.

He said smugglers are exploiting a "loophole" in maritime law that obliges ships to rescue people as soon as they enter the waters of their jurisdiction.

“I think it can be overcome through bilateral agreements. We have already done that with the French.

"Once you are on the waterways, the law of the sea comes into effect and we have not done it without a bilateral immediate return or joint patrol agreement with the French that would allow us to safely bring them back to France for processing." I'm afraid, I'm afraid there are always those.

"And we have to find a way to break this cycle and stop the pull factor that fuels smuggling supply chains."

A young baby was discovered yesterday morning arriving in Dover with his family after crossing the canal on a dinghy - carried in what appears to be a gym bag

On Thursday morning, a young baby was spotted arriving in Dover with his family after crossing the canal on a dinghy – carried in what appeared to be a gym bag

Former Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy, Rear Admiral Chris Parry, said "innovative solutions" such as using unemployed passenger ships to divert migrants are needed.

He said, “We don't have to bring them back to dryness. There are currently any number of unemployed passenger ships on the south coast. You could actually be taken there for processing for medical examination and then forwarded either back to France or the UK.

"I think people have to understand that the old methods just don't make it right now, and we have to use innovative solutions."

But Mr Smith said, “As soon as they are under our jurisdiction, we will immediately face asylum applications.

“Without this agreement by the French to actually ban people on the high seas and bring them back to France, the message comes back to the migrants and the smugglers that this is the way and that this creates a huge attraction.

“We were able to see something very similar to what we saw three or four years ago in the Mediterranean, where the word comes out that all you have to do is go out to the English Channel, you are taken to the UK and it is very unlikely you will come back. & # 39;

Dover MP Natalie Elphicke said more needed to be done to stop the crossings.

She said: “An end to the small boat crossing crisis will only come when migrants and traffickers alike know that they will not succeed in breaking Britain this way.

“For me it consists of three parts: First, it has to be ensured that the boats do not even leave France when they leave the French coast, that they are picked up early and returned to France immediately and when people break into our country and arrive to our shores that they will be sent back to France. & # 39;

When asked about speculation that Ms. Patel is considering drawing in the Navy, Ms. Elphicke said, “There is some discussion about the Navy and I would say that in that record we are all people who have all options this year exceed must be on the table.

“But whoever is involved, we have to make sure that boats are used not to get people to this country but to bring them back to France, and so that the French do more to make sure these boats are not in first country departure place. & # 39;

Ms. Elphicke said the UK plays an "incredibly important" role on humanitarian and asylum issues around the world.

She added: “I do not agree that we should encourage or allow illegal trafficking in human beings, which is actually persecuting some of the most vulnerable and putting their lives at risk.

“What we have seen here in Kent, here in Dover and Deal, is an unacceptable situation where small boats actually arrive at the beaches, people get off those boats and roam around, and that is very, very worrying and for the residents. & # 39;

The dinghy fleet included a girl about eight years old, another girl about ten years old, and at least five large groups of adults in the town of Kent

The dinghy fleet included a girl about eight years old, another girl about ten years old, and at least five large groups of adults in the town of Kent

It is because migrants crossing the canal used makeshift flotation equipment, including soda bottles, to make the dangerous journey.

Migrants have been photographed with shovels to paddle their boats and some have used paddling pools in place of suitable vessels.

Clare Moseley of the Care4Calais charity told The Times, “The people who have no money, and not everyone can pay people smugglers, see others mediating and are getting more and more desperate to be left out.

You will try kayaks, wooden row boats. It's scary. & # 39;

Lucy Moreton, Immigration Service Union professional officer, said: "Crossing prices have fallen, but for some people an average price of around £ 4,000 per crossing per person is too high."

Ms. Elphicke's local Tory MP Damian Collins said the number of migrants crossing the canal was "shamefully high" and "unacceptable" to his constituents.

On Channel 4 News, Mr. Collins, who represents Folkestone and Hythe said, “It is good to have more observation at sea and more ships to intervene if there is a problem, but having the Navy there does not mean that we can suddenly intercept migrants in French territorial waters any more than we would let the French navy conduct operations within ours. & # 39;

Mr Collins said: “It is clearly unacceptable that my constituents and others on the South East Coast believe that our borders are open, that anyone can get on a small boat, whoever they are, and travel to Britain illegally.

"Having the Navy in the Channel is great but it won't solve the problem if they can't patrol French waters and at the moment there is no agreement that they can."

The Home Secretary's spokesman said the "fantastic weather" was behind the boom despite continued efforts to prevent it, while Immigration Secretary Chris Philp said he shared "public anger and frustration" about the "appalling numbers" of Crossings.

Mr Philp will visit France next week to speak with his colleagues after a "constructive" meeting with the country's deputy ambassador earlier this week.

The dinghy fleet included a girl about eight years old, another about ten years old, and at least five large groups of adults in the town of Kent.

The children, some too young to run, were picked up from the Border Force ship Hunter and taken to a white tent by the marina at 12:15 p.m.

Some of the adults – who appeared to be mostly men – carried their belongings in plastic bags before they were processed.

Rishi Sunak yesterday promised swift action to reverse the "leaf" on migrant boats sailing from France to Britain as he refused to exclude the use of the Royal Navy.

The Chancellor said people were rightly "frustrated" the day after 235 migrants made the dangerous crossing in 17 ships - the highest daily sum since the crisis began

The Chancellor said people were rightly "frustrated" the day after 235 migrants made the dangerous crossing in 17 ships – the highest daily sum since the crisis began

The Chancellor said people were rightly "frustrated" when 235 migrants made the dangerous crossing in 17 ships – the highest daily sum since the crisis began.

The number, beating last Thursday's previous record of 202, prompted officials to work out plans to allow the Navy to turn boats back for the first time.

The number of people who have reached Great Britain this year is now twice as high as the total number of people arriving in 2019.

Dover Tory MP Natalie Elphicke said it was "absolutely necessary" to stop continued migrant crossings and said "all options must be on the table" to prevent them from arriving from France, including the Navy.

"An end to the small boat crossing crisis will only come if migrants and traffickers alike know that they will not be able to break Britain in this way," she said.

“For me it consists of three parts: First, it has to be ensured that the boats do not even leave France when they leave the French coast, that they are picked up early and returned to France immediately and when people break into our country and arrive to our shores that they will be sent back to France. & # 39;

Among the illegal arrivals yesterday was a group of 12 men in their twenties who were on a small ship that was intercepted by border guards.

They were given face masks and bundled up on a bus around 10:30 a.m.

Two dinghies with a total of around 20 migrants were picked up just before noon off the coast.

Meanwhile, Border Force workers had to hurry to rescue a group of 17 migrants whose boat had collapsed off the White Cliffs of Dover.

Another nine men left Hunter in life jackets at 12:50 p.m. while authorities wore white masks to take them to a carriage.

And seven other male refugees were brought into port at 1:30 p.m. on the Speedwell ship.

A Coast Guard spokesman said: “Today HM Coastguard is coordinating search and rescue operations for a number of incidents off Kent, working with the Border Force and other partners.

& # 39; We are committed to safeguarding life in the seas and coastal areas of this country.

"The HM Coast Guard is only concerned with saving lives, rescuing people in difficulty and returning them safely to shore, where they will be handed over to the appropriate rescue services or partner authorities."

Dover Tory MP Natalie Elphicke said it was "absolutely necessary" to stop continued migrant crossings and said "all options must be on the table" to prevent them from arriving from France, including the Navy

Dover Tory MP Natalie Elphicke said it was "absolutely necessary" to stop continued migrant crossings and said "all options must be on the table" to prevent them from arriving from France, including the Navy

Among the illegal arrivals yesterday was a group of 12 men in their twenties who were on a small ship that was intercepted by border guards

Among the illegal arrivals yesterday was a group of 12 men in their twenties who were on a small ship that was intercepted by border guards

Two dinghies with a total of around 20 migrants were picked up just before noon off the coast

Two dinghies with a total of around 20 migrants were picked up just before noon off the coast

The number of people who have reached Great Britain this year is now twice as high as the total number of people arriving in 2019

Border Force officials are escorting a group of men believed to be migrants to a waiting bus after they were taken to Dover this morning

Border Force officials are escorting a group of men believed to be migrants to a waiting bus after they were taken to Dover this morning

On a visit to Scotland today, Sunak said, “I think people are absolutely right to be frustrated with the scenes they are seeing.

“I'm frustrated, everyone is, which is why we have been working much more closely with the French government lately to improve our cooperation and information exchange at police crossings.

"I believe the Minister of Immigration will travel to France again next week to discuss how we can step up this cooperation and take more, more and more measures to stop and lessen the tide of incoming boats."

When asked about reports the Navy will use, he said, “I don't want to speculate on exactly what action will be taken.

'It is important that we work closely with our French allies in this situation.

“France is obviously a safe country for migrants. We all want these transitions to be reduced and, until the results of these conversations are in, we can decide on the best next steps. & # 39;

Ms. Elphicke, whose husband Charlie was convicted of sexual assault last month, said the UK played an "incredibly important" role on humanitarian and asylum issues.

She added: “I do not agree that we should encourage or allow illegal trafficking in human beings, which is actually persecuting some of the most vulnerable and putting their lives at risk.

“What we have seen here in Kent, here in Dover and Deal, is an unacceptable situation where small boats actually arrive at the beaches, people get off those boats and roam around, and that is very, very worrying and for the residents. & # 39;

A & # 39; angry & # 39; Home Secretary yesterday evening supported plans for the Senior Service to patrol the English Channel.

Almost 3,950 migrants made the crossing in small boats in the first 219 days of 2020 – compared to 1,850 in the previous year.

The crisis is a personal blow to Ms. Patel, who promised last October that crossings have now been practically eliminated.

A Home Office source said: "The final straw was that record number that led the Home Secretary to call for this new initiative. The real solution has to come from the French – we want the French to take it back. & # 39;

Up to 235 migrants crossed the Channel on Thursday - the highest daily total since the crisis began and surpassed the previous record of 202 on Thursday last week

Up to 235 migrants crossed the Channel on Thursday – the highest daily total since the crisis began and surpassed the previous record of 202 on Thursday last week

An "angry" Priti Patel supported the dispatch of Royal Navy patrols to the English Channel on Thursday evening after the record number of migrants reached Britain

An "angry" Priti Patel supported the dispatch of Royal Navy patrols to the English Channel on Thursday evening after the record number of migrants reached Britain

The number of people who have reached Great Britain this year is now twice as high as the total number of people arriving in 2019

The number of people who have reached Great Britain this year is now twice as high as the total number of people arriving in 2019

Last night's sources said that naval vessels could now begin to turn migrant boats back to France in a major tactical escalation.

Ms. Patel informed MEPs that she had received legal advice that such a move would be legal under international maritime law.

But the tactic would be highly controversial and could alienate the French government, which has informed Britain that it believes it is illegal.

Immigration Still Too High – Poll

More than half of the British believe that despite Tory's long-standing promises to lower it, immigration is still too high, a study said yesterday.

It warned Boris Johnson that voters will turn against him if his point-based immigration system allows for a wave of mass immigration.

The study by the Migration Watch UK think tank found that, according to recent surveys, 54 percent of respondents think that immigration has been too high in the past ten years.

Only 5 percent consider it too low. And more than six in ten respondents said the government mistreated immigration policies.

The analysis showed that concerns about the effects of immigration on a large scale became a major concern after Tony Blair opened the doors to millions of people inside and outside the European Union.

Concerns eased after David Cameron came to power in 2010, promising to bring immigration down to the 1990s level, and continued to subside after the 2016 Brexit referendum.

The report said: "Most still have strong views about an alleged lack of effective immigration control."

Other immediate measures considered by the Home Office include the use of naval vessels to block the way of migrant boats.

It is assumed that smaller military vehicles will be used instead of larger ships such as frigates or destroyers. The Royal Marines could play a key role, sources said.

British forces could also use nets to entangle propellers, or floating "outriggers" to block the path of migrant dinghies.

Both methods were tested in secret trials in May and June with naval ships and border force boats.

A government source said, “These are all options that are being considered. The Home Secretary is furious with this daily sum, which we think is 250. & # 39;

It is now clear that the number is 235 according to the BBC.

The source added, "She has directed her officials to speak to the Department of Defense about how we can proceed. She has also asked to speak to the French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin. & # 39;

Officials from both departments have had initial discussions and the Home Secretary can then make a formal request for assistance from the Department of Defense.

Yesterday's arrivals included at least ten young children and a pregnant woman aboard a boat that landed on Dungeness Beach in Kent.

One of the children, a boy of about four, looked exhausted when he lay down on the pebble beach with his arms outstretched. The heavily pregnant woman was wearing a black dress and face mask when she was holding a child's hand.

She looked tired and had her head in her hand sometime after being picked up by a lifeboat.

Amateur photographer Susan Pilcher, who saw the group on the beach, said, "I could hear the Border Force staff asking the woman how many months she was pregnant, and she answered" eight ".

Ms. Pilcher added, "If you think she's going to make such a risky canal crossing when she's heavily pregnant, that tells you how much you've been through."

A British patrol boat also towed a kayak into the port of Dover yesterday.

A group of around 16 migrants, including 10 children and a woman eight months pregnant, landed on Dungeness Beach in Kent yesterday

Eine Gruppe von rund 16 Migranten, darunter 10 Kinder und eine im achten Monat schwangere Frau, ist gestern am Strand von Dungeness in Kent gelandet

Nigel Farage used his Twitter feed to share an exclusive video of migrants who came to the UK, including several children

Nigel Farage used his Twitter feed to share an exclusive video of migrants who came to the UK, including several children

The Home Secretary said she wanted "stronger enforcement" on the other side of the channel and had tried to convince the French government to refuse migrant boats.

Sie sagte letztes Jahr, dass ein früherer Deal mit den Franzosen Überfahrten bis zu diesem Frühjahr zu einem "seltenen Phänomen" machen würde.

Dies geschah, als das Allparteien-Komitee für innere Angelegenheiten der Commons eine Untersuchung der Krise einleitete.

MEPs will begin their investigations when Parliament returns in early September.

A spokesman for the committee said: "The investigation will look at the role of criminal gangs in facilitating the growth of this form of illegal immigration and the response by the British and French authorities to combating illegal migration and supporting legal asylum routes."

Drei Migranten werden auf dem Rückweg nach Großbritannien vom Bauunternehmer vor dem Versenken eines aufblasbaren Kajaks im Wert von 300 Pfund gerettet, nachdem er für wohltätige Zwecke von Dover nach Calais geschwommen war

Drei Migranten wurden gestern auf dem Heimweg nach Großbritannien von einem Baumeister aus ihrem sinkenden aufblasbaren Kajak gerettet, nachdem sie gestern für wohltätige Zwecke von Dover nach Calais geschwommen waren.

Der 49-jährige Justin Legge startete die 21-Meilen-Reise um 1.30 Uhr und sammelte fast 24.000 Pfund in Erinnerung an einen Freund, der an Leukämie gestorben war.

Er war auf dem Rückweg über den Kanal in einem kleinen Passagierboot, als er drei junge Männer entdeckte, die auf ein winziges aufblasbares blau-weißes Sevylor Wabash-Kanukajak für zwei Personen gestopft waren, das gegen 15.30 Uhr unterging.

Das aufblasbare Kajak der Migranten, das auf der Decathlon-Website für 299,99 £ verkauft wird, wurde vom Border Force-Schiff Hunter gebracht.

Es kommt, nachdem berichtet wurde, dass die Behörden an der Rettung von mehr als 120 Migranten in kleinen Booten beteiligt waren, die heute Morgen die gefährliche Überfahrt genommen haben.

Der 49-jährige Justin Legge war auf dem Rückweg über den Kanal in einem kleinen Passagierboot, als er drei junge Männer entdeckte, die auf ein winziges aufblasbares blau-weißes Sevylor Wabash-Kanukajak für zwei Personen gestopft waren, das gegen 15.30 Uhr unterging

Der 49-jährige Justin Legge war auf dem Rückweg über den Kanal in einem kleinen Passagierboot, als er drei junge Männer entdeckte, die auf ein winziges aufblasbares blau-weißes Sevylor Wabash-Kanukajak für zwei Personen gestopft waren, das gegen 15.30 Uhr unterging

Die Jungen wurden an Bord des kleinen Passagierschiffs gebracht, nachdem ihr aufblasbares Kajak im Ärmelkanal zu sinken begann

Die Jungen wurden an Bord des kleinen Passagierschiffs gebracht, nachdem ihr aufblasbares Kajak im Ärmelkanal zu sinken begann

Ein Baby, eine hochschwangere Frau und kleine Kinder waren gestern unter den Migranten, die am Strand von Kent landeten, als Schmuggler ihnen sagten, sie sollten einen gefährlichen Kanal überqueren, bevor der Brexit die Tür schließt.

Die von Justin entdeckten Migranten winkten mit ihren T-Shirts um Hilfe und sanken schnell etwa 10 Meilen vor Dover.

Der Pilot von Justins Boot gab ihnen Wasser- und Gesichtsmasken, bevor er sie aufnahm.

Eine Menge von Familienmitgliedern und Freunden, die Union Jack-Flaggen schwenkten, warteten gespannt auf das Boot, aber es wurde zuerst umgeleitet, um die drei Männer kurz vor 16 Uhr den Beamten der Border Force in der Marina zu übergeben.

Father-of-two Justin, from the village of Bridge near Canterbury, Kent, said: 'I've just swam the Channel and I'm absolutely knackered.

'Then we saw this dodgy cheap-looking little kayak and they were really sinking.

'We approached them and the pilot was really good. He gave them some water and decided to take them on board because if he left them, they would have drowned.

A crowd of family and friends waving Union Jack flags were eagerly waiting for the boat, but it was first diverted to hand the three men over to Border Force officials at the marina shortly before 4pm

A crowd of family and friends waving Union Jack flags were eagerly waiting for the boat, but it was first diverted to hand the three men over to Border Force officials at the marina shortly before 4pm

The pilot of Justin's boat gave them water and face masks before taking them in to save them from drowning

The pilot of Justin's boat gave them water and face masks before taking them in to save them from drowning

The migrants spotted by Justin were using their T-shirts to wave for help and were rapidly sinking around 10 miles off Dover

The migrants spotted by Justin were using their T-shirts to wave for help and were rapidly sinking around 10 miles off Dover

It comes after it was reported authorities were involved in the rescue of more than 120 migrants in small boats that took the dangerous crossing this morning

It comes after it was reported authorities were involved in the rescue of more than 120 migrants in small boats that took the dangerous crossing this morning

The migrants' inflatable kayak, which sells for £299.99 on Decathlon's website, was brought in by the Border Force vessel Hunter

The migrants' inflatable kayak, which sells for £299.99 on Decathlon's website, was brought in by the Border Force vessel Hunter

'They were a really long way out – around 10 miles. So he phoned the authorities and brought them back in. They're lucky to still be alive.

'The three of them sat on the edge of the boat for the rest of the ride back.

'One of the guys was watching them but they just sat there quietly and looked a bit embarrassed.

'It was very strange. I know these sorts of crossings are a daily occurrence now but I never thought I'd see something like that first hand.'

His wedding planner wife Charlotte, 35, was also on the boat.

She said: 'We were halfway across the Channel and our pilot spotted them.

'They're constantly looking for migrants and he noticed they were waving the flag of distress.

Father-of-two Justin, says: 'We saw this dodgy cheap-looking little kayak and they were really sinking. We approached them and the pilot was really good. He gave them some water and decided to take them on board because if he left them, they would have drowned'

Father-of-two Justin, says: 'We saw this dodgy cheap-looking little kayak and they were really sinking. We approached them and the pilot was really good. He gave them some water and decided to take them on board because if he left them, they would have drowned'

The migrants used their T-shirts to wave for help and were rapidly sinking around 10 miles off Dover

The migrants used their T-shirts to wave for help and were rapidly sinking around 10 miles off Dover

'He rang the Coastguard and they said he had a duty of care to stay by them until they were rescued.

'But while we were giving them water, we noticed they were going down.

'The Coastguard were nowhere to be seen so the pilot put them on the end of the boat, gave them masks and gloves, and towed their boat back to shore.

'The pilot was quite concerned because they kept trying to get back into their boat but they had what looked like brand new trainers in there so maybe they just wanted to save them.

'All three of them just sat there quietly and looked quite tired. They all looked really young. Probably aged between 18 and 21.'

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