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Good Trip? Migrants sailed from Dunkirk at dawn for a dangerous crossing to Britain


Migrants accompanied by unscrupulous human traffickers set sail from Dunkirk at dawn this morning – with an estimated 400 landings in England.

Photos showed dozens of migrants embarking from Gravelines beach at dusk and their smugglers scurrying up the dunes after saying goodbye.

At least 27 boats were brought into Dover marina later on Tuesday after a few days of relative calm on the high seas on the world's busiest shipping lane.

It comes amid fears that record numbers of migrants will race the waves 20 miles before winter brings rougher seas.

A group of migrants disembark from Gravelines Beach near Dunkirk on Tuesday morning as a colossal Danish ferry crosses the canal

Smugglers are heading back after embarking migrants on a boat on Gravelines Beach near Dunkirk on Tuesday morning

Smugglers are heading back after embarking migrants on a boat on Gravelines Beach near Dunkirk on Tuesday morning

French police officers patrol the beach at Gravelines near Dunkirk on Monday morning

French police officers patrol the beach at Gravelines near Dunkirk on Monday morning

Young children (pictured today) were among the hundreds of migrants rescued from packed Border Force ships today as they tried to cross the Channel into Britain

Young children (pictured today) were among the hundreds of migrants rescued from packed Border Force ships today as they tried to cross the Channel into Britain

At least 27 boats were brought into Dover marina, Kent, after migrants attempted the treacherous crossing after days of high wind in the canal. Pictured: arrival today

At least 27 boats were brought into Dover marina, Kent, after migrants attempted the treacherous crossing after days of high wind in the canal. Pictured: arrival today

More than 6,500 migrants have successfully landed so far this year, with September already being the busiest month, although there are eight days left.

The current daily record for migrant transfers is 416 on September 2nd.

Border Force put in additional resources as the crossings resumed in earnest Tuesday. Boats with up to 30 people were discovered on the busy shipping route.

Authorities were forced to use lifeboats at 8 a.m. to collect those making the illegal crossing as the Border Force ships were already at full capacity.

Photos from Dover showed dozens of people believed to be migrants wrapped in blankets and wearing life jackets as they arrived on British shores.

A smuggler walks up the beach after seeing a group of migrants in their boat

A smuggler walks up the beach after seeing a group of migrants in their boat

Smugglers are returning after embarking migrants on a boat on Gravelines Beach near Dunkirk

Smugglers are returning after embarking migrants on a boat on Gravelines Beach near Dunkirk

Smugglers embark on a boat on Gravelines Beach, near Dunkirk, Tuesday morning

Smugglers embark on a boat on Gravelines Beach, near Dunkirk, Tuesday morning

Smugglers are retreating after embarking migrants on a boat on Gravelines Beach near Dunkirk in northern France on September 22

Smugglers are falling after embarking migrants on a boat on Gravelines Beach near Dunkirk in northern France on September 22

Migrants boarding a boat on Gravelines Beach near Dunkirk on Tuesday morning

Migrants boarding a boat on Gravelines Beach near Dunkirk on Tuesday morning

Migrants with children prepare to board the English Channel from a beach in Dunkirk on Tuesday

Migrants with children prepare to board the English Channel from a beach in Dunkirk on Tuesday

Migrants haul a ship towards the waves in Dunkirk on Tuesday morning

Migrants haul a ship toward the waves in Dunkirk on Tuesday morning

Young children were among those rescued by authorities on what an insider called a "very, very busy morning" for Border Force.

It is believed that migrants took advantage of the favorable conditions in the canal, with winds as low as 10 km / h in the early morning.

Today has been described as the "last day of opportunity" before the weather changes on Wednesday, making conditions too difficult to attempt crossings.

There were no crossings on the weekend or on Monday as the French authorities warned of strong north winds and strong currents.

Border Force put in additional resources as the crossings resumed in earnest today. Boats with up to 30 people were discovered on the busy shipping route

Border Force put in additional resources as the crossings resumed in earnest today. Boats with up to 30 people were discovered on the busy shipping route

One of a group of people believed to be migrants makes a gesture of victory on the deck of HMC Seeker in Dover Marina in Kent today

One of a group of people believed to be migrants makes a gesture of victory on the deck of the HMC Seeker in Dover Marina in Kent today

Photos from Dover captured dozens of people believed to be migrants, wrapped in blankets and wearing life jackets, as they arrived on British shores

Photos from Dover captured dozen of people believed to be migrants, wrapped in blankets and wearing life jackets, as they arrived on British shores

But today dozens of people were seen queuing and waiting to be let ashore as there were many new arrivals.

Face mask arrivals also stood by the side of the Border Force Cutter Seeker.

Seeker, who seldom visited the inner harbor to drop off the migrants, is part of an enlarged contingent of Border Force ships that were employed in the canal today.

In total, the agency operated at least five boats: Cutter Seeker and Searcher and patrol boats Hunter, Speedwell and Eagle.

A canal boat is also used in the canal together with the Coast Guard helicopter and the RNLI.

Face mask arrivals stood by the side of the Border Force Cutter Seeker

Face mask arrivals stood by the side of the Border Force Cutter Seeker

Seeker, who seldom visited the inner harbor to drop off the migrants, is part of an enlarged contingent of Border Force ships that were employed in the canal today

Seeker, who seldom visited the inner harbor to drop off the migrants, is part of an enlarged contingent of Border Force ships that were employed in the channel today

In total, the agency operated at least five boats: Cutter Seeker and Searcher and patrol boats Hunter, Speedwell and Eagle

In total, the agency operated at least five boats: Cutter Seeker and Searcher and patrol boats Hunter, Speedwell and Eagle

On Monday evening, the first of up to 400 people arrived at a military barracks that house Channel migrants.

Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, has been selected by the Home Office to accommodate migrants while their asylum applications are being processed.

According to analysis, more than 6,500 migrants successfully traveled to the UK in small boats in 2020. Pictured: arrival today

According to analysis, more than 6,500 migrants successfully traveled to the UK in small boats in 2020. Pictured: arrival today

September is the busiest month ever, although there is still more than a week left. Pictured: Migrants on a Border Force Rib at Dover Marina in Kent today

September is the busiest month ever, although there is still more than a week left. Pictured: Migrants on a Border Force Rib today at Dover Marina in Kent

Today has been described as the "last day of opportunity" before the weather changes on Wednesday, making conditions too difficult to attempt crossings

Today has been described as the "last day of opportunity" before the weather changes on Wednesday, making conditions too difficult to attempt crossings

Workers in Folkestone were seen walking around the disused military base yesterday, surveying the large open facility and its several residential buildings.

An employee wearing a hi-vis jacket pointed out where a shower block should be installed in the outside space between the apartment blocks.

In the evening around 30 people were rushed in after arriving in the barracks in two black Mercedes and a gray Volkswagen.

People deemed to be migrants arrive at Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where migrants who have crossed the canal in small boats are housed in the military barracks

People deemed to be migrants arrive at Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where migrants who have crossed the canal in small boats are housed in the military barracks

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