People were pictured arriving to Dover on an RNLI lifeboat in the early hours of Thursday morning
A group of people wearing life jackets and wrapped in blankets were seen huddled together on board an RNLI lifeboat before they clambered off onto Dover’s shores. They had made the crossing just a day after a dinghy capsized off the côte of Calais, causing dozens to lose their lives.
L'indépendant understands that one border force boat, the HMS Valiant, arrived to Dover at around 4am with between ten and fifteen people on board. An RNLI boat then arrived at around 5:30am with another 40 à 50 gens.
A red double-decker bus was seen leaving the marina in Dover at 9:30am on Thursday morning, carrying at least twenty migrants, wrapped in blankets, on the upper deck and a further ten on the lower deck. Two border force boats are also currently patrolling UK waters.
Two shorter dinghies, lequel L'indépendant understands were used by the migrants on the crossing, were being inspected by border officials on Thursday morning.
French interior minister Gerald Darmanin said the loss of 27 lives on Wednesday evening was an “absolute tragedy” as he blamed human trafficking gangs who promised people the “El Dorado of England” for a large fee.
Natalie Elphicke, the Conservative MP for Dover, called for a stepping up of patrols on French beaches to stop boats from entering unsafe waters.
Parler à BBC Breakfast le jeudi matin, she said that the Channel crossing was “very dangerous” and said the best way to “keep people safe” would be to increase patrols on French soil “where they are already safe”.
However Calais MP Pierre-Henri Dumont said that that it would not be practical to expect more police officers to patrol the shoreline in France. “We have 200-300km [125-186 milles] of shore to monitor 24/7 and it only takes five to 10 minutes to take a boat and fill it with migrants," il a dit.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called for a better system based on “compassion, justice and co-operation across frontiers” following the “devastating loss of human life”.