Migrants ‘use jet ski to cross Channel’ as children carried ashore

Border Force coastguards recovered dozens of people and a jet ski on Monday (Picture: PA)

A jet ski believed to have been used to cross the Channel has been recovered at sea amid a record-breaking wave of migrants arriving in the UK.

In Dover, dozens of people including a toddler and at least six other children were brought ashore in a Border Force boat in a separate operation.

Coastguards said they had been conducting a search and rescue mission in response to an incident off the Kent coastline.

Crossings have continued in significant numbers since last Thursday, when 1,185 people made the journey.

The figure – the highest on record for a single day – took this year’s total 23,500.

On the same day, French authorities intercepted just seven small boats carrying 99 people.

A slump in the number of interceptions has fuelled accusations that ministers in Paris have ordered their patrol boats to ‘go slow’ to punish the UK amid diplomatic tensions over post-Brexit fishing rights and Northern Ireland policy.

Tony Smith, the former director-general of Border Force, said on Sunday crossings were in danger of reaching ‘epidemic’ levels last seen in 2001, when tens of thousands of migrants entered the UK from a lightly-policed camp in Sangatte.

The jet ski appeared to have floated out to sea after being used to reach UK shores (Picture: PA)
Detectives inspected the vessel after it was brought ashore in Dungeness (Picture: PA)

He said plans for tougher sentences for illegal migration will be useless unless France agrees to take back people who could have claimed asylum on arriving in the EU.

France would also need to commit coastguards to helping return migrants to French ports, he added.

Home Secretary Priti Pattel was due to meet her French counterpart, Gerald Darmanin, on Monday for a latest round of crisis talks over the issue.

The jet ski is said to have been found by the RNLI and towed ashore in Dungeness.

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