Almost a thousand channel migrants arrive in 24 small boats on Saturday, UK authorities confirm

The arrivals take the number who have crossed this year to almost 40,000.

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Almost a thousand people arrived in UK waters on small boats on Saturday, during an 'extremely busy day' of migrant activity, according to British authorities.

Official figures from the Ministry of Defence reveal that 990 people were taken off 24 small boats.

Lifeboats, Border Force and Royal Navy vessels began responding to small boat sightings before first light on Saturday.

Almost 40,000 migrants have crossed the Channel this year.
Almost 40,000 migrants have crossed the Channel this year.

Authorities were still responding to inflatables spotted in the Channel just before midnight on Saturday.

The latest arrivals take the number who have crossed the English Channel so far this year to 39,427.

The figure is almost 11,000 higher than the 28,526 who arrived during the whole of last year.

Sources have told GB News that authorities are responding to five small boat sightings today.

French authorities are dealing with one dinghy in difficulties in French waters.

Weather conditions in the Channel are still poor, with moderate winds and wave heights that are extremely difficult for small boats to negotiate.