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Child among those crossing English Channel despite near-freezing conditions

Child among those crossing English Channel despite near-freezing conditions
The young child was seen being helped up the gangway in the port of Dover.

国境部隊 そしてその RNLI have been busy in the 英語チャネル on Thursday as calm conditions prompted a flurry of crossing attempts.

A young child wrapped in a lifejacket and wearing a beanie hat was among those seen being helped up a gangway in the port of ドーバー

The latest crossings could see the total for 2022 so far surpass the figure for the whole of January 2021.

A group of people, thought to be migrants, are brought in to Dover (ガレスフラー/ PA)

Thursday’s arrivals during near-freezing temperatures in the Dover Strait come after 25 people reached the UK on board one boat on Wednesday.

Last week it was announced that Border Force officials could take industrial action over Priti Patel’s plans to turn back dinghies in the English Channel.

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), whose members include around 80% of the Border Force officials who would be tasked with implementing the “pushbacks”, and the charity Care4Calais have filed an application for judicial review on the pushback policy.

Despite the Home Secretary’s pledge to make crossings an “infrequent phenomenon” by spring 2020, より多い 36,000 people have succeeded in reaching the UK in the last two years.