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Border Force intercept seven boats at Dover today

UK BORDER FORCE rescued some 65 migrants sailing on small dinghies in the English Channel by 7am Thursday morning.

Border Force rescued multiple migrants on small dinghies sailing in the English Channel. A total of seven boats were intercepted in the English Channel by 7am on Thursday morning with more expected. Sky News’ Andy Hughes detailed the event while out in on a fishing boat in the early morning.

Local fisherman Matt Coker explained to Mr Hughes more migrants sailing in dinghies into UK waters was typical now.

He said: “Unfortunately what you’ve seen today is very typical right now.

“It is happening more and more on days like this, when the weather is calm.”

All of the migrants were taken into Dover Harbour and then led to a makeshift immigration processing centre.

Mr Hughes explained the work of the UK Border Force on Thursday morning and how the events unfolded.

He said: “The Border Force vessel, Speedwell, was heading back into Dover when it got called to another rescue.

“It headed off to pick up another six migrants and entered Dover Harbour with 19 migrants on board.

“At the same time that this was happening the Dover lifeboat was out picking up two separate groups of migrants.”

Mr Hughes also explained he and his team counted 65 migrants but there may have been more.

He closed by saying: “Another significant day and really a repetition of what happened yesterday with some 64 migrants who crossed the Channel.

“The Home Secretary Priti Patel says they are investing more money and it is a top priority for them.

“They said the French are on board and as committed to stopping them from getting off the beaches in the first place.”

After explaining the event Mr Hughes also reflected on the reality of migrants attempting to cross via boat during the coronavirus crisis.

In a feature article, he wrote: “I was left with a sobering feeling, that all of this will probably happen again tomorrow.

“There’s no doubt that the European coronavirus lockdown has led to an increase in migrant channel crossings to the UK by boat.

“That’s because there are not many other options at the moment, with vehicle crossings down.

“This crisis was going on long before coronavirus began, and for all those involved, there’s no end in sight.”

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