Migrants have been filmed cheering and clapping as they launched dinghies off the coast of to cross the English Channel as French police officers stood by and filmed the scenes.
Video footage taken on Tuesday – the same day that a staggering 1,000 migrants made it to the UK – showed groups of migrants, including young children, clapping in celebration as they managed to restart their boat’s engine on a Calais beach.
In the clip, taken by local jogger Franck Viandier, dozens of migrants crowded around the small boat and helped to push it into the water while children clapped and cheered with excitement as they prepared to cross the Channel.
Other footage obtained by showed dozens of migrants wearing life jackets carrying a small dinghy down to the sea while French Gendarmerie officers stood by on the shore and watched.
Some officers appeared to be holding up their phones and filming the scenes, while others stood by and did not intervene as the migrants prepared to launch a boat, heading for the UK.
On Tuesday, MailOnline journalists witnessed two 50ft long boats, setting off from the beaches near Wimereux, around 20 mile south of Calais.No police were on the beach at the time – but turned up some 24 hours later.
Today, the RNLI rescued 23 migrants before around 50 more arrived in Kent. More people are expected to make the dangerous 21-mile trip across the Dover Strait throughout the day as weather is said to be good in the Channel.
A lifeboat was scrambled this morning to rescue people from a boat in the Channel, with one migrant airlifted to hospital after suffering a suspected medical episode while attempting the crossing. The man, who was taken to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, is believed to be okay.
Video footage taken this Tuesday – the same day that a staggering 1,000 migrants made it to the UK – showed groups of migrants, including young children, clapped in celebration as they managed to restart their boat’s engine on a Calais beach
One video showed dozens of migrants wearing life jackets carrying a small dinghy down to the sea while French Gendarmerie officers stood by on the shore and watched, while some appeared to be filming on their phones
Migrants launch their boats from France along a 100mile stretch of beach, making it harder for authorities to stop them from crossing the Channel.Pictured: Dozens of migrants are seen crowding around a dinghy on a Calais beach on Tuesday
Mr Viandier, who jogs along a Calais beach every morning, said he believes the Gendarmerie officers are doing their best amid the migrant crisis, saying that it is not ‘their job’ to fight migrants if they want to cross to England.
He told ITV News: ‘Sometimes there is a lot of police, I can see the fight sometimes.But they say to me ‘it is not our job to fight with these people, the people want to go to England, we are French police’.’
France claims that it deploys 950 officers in the Calais region each day in a bid to prevent illegal Channel crossings.
Migrants launch their boats from France along a 100mile stretch of beach, making it harder for authorities to stop them from crossing the Channel. Out of 40,000 crossings this year, only around half were stopped, according to official figures.
Meanwhile, Clandestine Channel Threat Commander Dan O’Mahoney said the UK’s offer to set up joint patrols with the French was rebuffed.
He added: ‘We constantly discuss operational options with the French, we have offered to conduct joint patrols.It’s not an offer that the French have currently taken us up on, but it continues to be on the table.’
In one clip, taken by local jogger Franck Viandier, dozens of migrants crowded around a small boat and helped to push it into the water while children clapped and cheered in excitement as they prepared to cross the Channel
Gendarmerie officers were seen holding up their phones and bulk index elasticsearch c# filming the migrants leaving the beach, while others stood by and did not intervene as the migrants prepared to launch a boat,heading for the UK
French police officers pass a deflated dinghy on the beach in Wimereux near Calais as migrants continue to launch small boats along the coastline in a bid to cross the Channel towards the UK
French police officers patrol the beaches in Wimereux near Calais after more migrants launched from the beach headed towards the UK
A deflated dinghy on the beach in Wimereux near Calais this afternoon after more migrants headed towards the UK
A discarded life jacket on the beach in Wimereux near Calais as migrants continue to launch small boats along the coastline
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Official figures are yet to be released but it is feared that Tuesday’s total could rival the 1,185 record reached last Thursday as the migrant crisis reaches breaking point. The figures have taken some two days to calculate due to the sheer number of arrivals.
The previous daily high was 853.At least 3,941 migrants have arrived this month in 121 boats, taking the total for the year so far to 23,683.
This morning, an RNLI Dover lifeboat was launched just after 5.30am at the request of the UK Coastguard following reports of a grey dinghy in distress.
A number of 999 calls were made to the rescue centre requesting assistance with reports that a man onboard required medical attention.
Lifeboat crew reported there were 23 other people on the 6-foot grey rib that was caught out in rough seas.A rescue and recovery operation was launched with a helicopter seen airlifting a person to hospital.
A spokesman for the Coastgaurd confirmed: ‘HM Coastguard has been coordinating a search and rescue response to an incident off Kent, working with Border Force and other partners.We sent the coastguard helicopter from Lydd and Dover RNLI lifeboat.’
Meanwhile, the Home Office also confirmed that 66 migrants made the perilous Channel crossing in three boats on Wednesday. French authorities stopped a further 43 in three small boats.
It comes after it was reported that Channel migrants who reach Britain could be fast-tracked to an off-shore processing centre in Albania.
Ministers are discussing opening an asylum centre in the eastern European country, which they believe would act as a deterrent for migrants crossing from northern .
However, No 10 said it would not comment on conversations with specific countries over the processing of migrants who arrive in the UK.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘I’ve always been clear that we want to keep all options on the table.
‘As illegal migration is an international issue, you’d expect us to have discussions with both France and other international partners to help reduce illegal migration.’
He added the UK had been in talks with a ‘number of countries’ but added: ‘I’m simply saying I’m not going to get into speculation about ongoing discussions with individually named countries.
‘As you’d expect given the international elements of this, it is right the Government speaks to a number of countries about these global challenges.’
Small boat debris on the beach in Wimereux near Calais as migrants continue to launch small boats along the coastline in a bid to cross the Channel towards the UK
A RNLI Dover lifeboat was launched just after 5.30am on Thursday morning at the request of the UK Coastguard in Dover to rescue a boat in distress
Lifeboat crew reported there were 23 other people on the 6-foot grey rib that was caught out in rough seas.A rescue and recovery operation was launched with a helicopter seen airlifting a person to hospital
Migrants are escorted by Border Force staff into Dover harbour after crossing the Channel this morning, with the crisis continuing
The number of migrants who made the crossing today is unclear, though it comes after Tuesday saw nearly 1,000 detained
A newly arrived migrant is seen on board a bus in Dover harbour after crossing the channel this morning and being detained by the Border Force
Today’s arrivals come as ministers are discussing opening an asylum centre in Albania, which they believe would act as a deterrent for migrants crossing from northern France
Anyone seeking asylum in Britain after arriving by illegal routes, such as in dinghies and small boats, would be flown out to the new centre within seven days, .
However, the project could cost the British taxpayer £100,000 per migrant for flights and accommodation.
‘Off shore processing is our best hope now, as nothing else is working,’ an unnamed minister told the newspaper.
Earlier reports of plans for offshore processing centres including using disused oil rigs in the North Sea – which were mooted last year – ultimately proved fruitless.
But the likelihood of sealing a deal with Tirana were now ‘looking good’, a UK government source said, despite Albanian foreign minister Olta Xhacka rubbishing the idea just last month.
The latest development in the migrant crisis comes after Home Secretary Priti Patel vowed earlier this week to stop ‘100 per cent’ of Channel crossings from France.