Second kayak rescue in the English Channel as number of migrants crossing tops 1,600 this week

GB News can reveal that a total of 1,661 people have now crossed the English Channel in small boats so far this week.

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A second migrant has been rescued on board a kayak in the English Channel, just a day after another man used a kayak to paddle across from France.

The second man, who was taken to the Border Force processing centre in Dover harbour this morning for medical checks, was one of almost 250 Channel migrants to make the crossing today.

GB News can reveal that a total of 1,661 people have now crossed the English Channel in small boats so far this week.

Before Saturday's arrivals, latest official figures showed that 288 people were taken to Dover on Friday after being pulled off five small boats.

The fact two migrants have been rescued from tiny inflatable kayaks in as many days will deeply worry Border Force officials.

GB News can reveal that a total of 1,616 people have now crossed the English Channel in small boats so far this week.
GB News can reveal that a total of 1,616 people have now crossed the English Channel in small boats so far this week.

The orange 'Hydro-Force' kayaks are both the same model, and only 10ft long.

GB News's Kent based producer, who filmed the kayaks as they were taken to Dover harbour, said: "Just looking at them, you can absolutely see these flimsy little boats are not at all seaworthy.

"The fact we've seen two of the same make suggests the people smugglers have probably obtained a batch of them.

"We could well see more of these kayaks attempting to cross in the coming days and that's a real concern, because they can so easily be swamped and overturned by a wave, or the wake from many of the big container ships out there."

On Thursday, 388 people were taken to Dover after they crossed the Channel in eight small boats.

The processing centre at Dover harbour only reopened again on Thursday, after being closed for 12 days because of border travel disruption at Dover.

For almost a fortnight, those arriving in UK waters were taken to Ramsgate harbour instead.

They included a record 696 people who arrived last Monday, the largest number to cross on a single day so far this year.

By early afternoon today, 244 migrants were taken ashore after being pulled from six small boats and one kayak.

They were picked up by four Border Force vessels, the Catamarans Ranger, Typhoon, Defender and Volunteer.

The first of the small boats was spotted in UK waters around 6am today.

Identification numbers painted onto the side of the small boats by Border Force officers show that at least 482 inflatables have made the crossing so far this year.