Migrant crossings: a record 853 people cross the English Channel in a single day while three die on the northern coast of France | UK News

A record 853 migrants crossed the Channel to the UK on small boats in a single day, the Home Office said.

It comes after a person from Eritrea was fatally hit by a train and at least two bodies were found on the northern French coastline this week.

Several more were feared to have been lost at sea.

Wednesday saw a record 853 migrants crossing

On Friday, the Home Office confirmed that British authorities had to rescue or intercept 853 people in 25 incidents on Wednesday, marking a new daily record for the current crisis.

The tally of arrivals eclipses the previous daily record of 828 set in August, according to data compiled by the PA news agency.

Over 21,000 migrants crossed to the UK so far this year – more than double the total for all of 2020.

In 2019 Home Secretary Priti Patel promised to make migrant crossings an “infrequent occurrence” by spring 2020, then pledged in August last year to “make this route unviable”.

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Meanwhile, the government has agreed to pay France millions of pounds to increase security on its northern coast.

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought to Dover, Kent, on board the Dungeness Lifeboat following a small boating incident in the English Channel.  Picture date: Wednesday November 3, 2021.
A group of people believed to be migrants aboard the Dungeness lifeboat

Campaigners and charities have repeatedly called on ministers to overhaul the asylum system in light of soaring numbers.

It comes as from Monday night to Wednesday night this week, more than 1,000 people were picked up off the French coast in dozens of rescue operations by French maritime vessels backed by helicopters.

Several hundred people quickly ran into trouble in the waters between northern France and Britain.

The maritime prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea indicated that a person had been found dead on the beach of Wissant, near Calais, Thursday morning after the discovery of a boat filled with water.

Two other people, found with them suffering from hypothermia, were taken to the emergency services and taken to hospital.

In addition, another person died on Wednesday while attempting the crossing, according to French authorities, who had carried out a rescue mission in the Strait of Pas-de-Calais.

They are thought to have been unconscious when they were pulled from the water and pronounced dead as rescuers returned to shore, while another person was reported missing.

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Meanwhile, the train that killed the person from Eritrea on Thursday night was traveling on a rail line in Calais that migrants often use as a footpath, authorities said.

Another Eritrean was seriously injured and two others slightly injured.

They were part of a group of migrants walking along the tracks in the pouring rain and after dark, which made it difficult for the train driver to see them and for them to see the train, Franck Dhersin said , regional vice-president of transport, at the French channel BFM. -TV.

Two men – both Somali nationals – were rescued off the Essex coast near Harwich on October 25 and a search for any remaining survivors has now been called off.