Migrant crossings: Newborn child rescued after nine hours at sea – as man says French police saw them leave | UK News

A newborn baby has been rescued by RNLI after surviving a nine-hour journey across the canal made by a group of migrants on Saturday.

Sky News witnessed the newborn girl named Ayyan wrapped in a blanket and handed over to a police officer on the coast of Dungeness, Kent, after making the potentially treacherous journey.

Asked by Sky News if French police tried to stop them, a man who knew some English said, “No, they say nothing.” He also said officers saw them go.

A record number of migrants have landed on the Kent coast this year
A record number of migrants have landed on the Kent coast this year

The man also translated for the baby’s mother, who said Ayyan was fine and that she too was happy to have arrived in the UK – ready to risk her own and her child’s safety to come to England for “the best life” .

Ayyan is believed to be between two weeks and a month old.

Although a record number of migrants have crossed the channel this summer, Sky News analysis of the last three years’ complete data from the home office shows those arriving in small boats are only a small fraction of the number of migrants arriving in the UK each year;.

who generally seek asylum – only a small fraction of the number of migrants arriving in the UK each year.

Sky News correspondent Ivor Bennett said: “There was exhaustion and excitement just as much.

“After nine hours at sea, their treacherous journey was finally over. Several of the migrants trembled as they were helped by the lifeboat on to Dungeness’ pebble beach.

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Sky News is witnessing people trying to reach the shores of Britain while French police do not intervene.

“Those who spoke said they were from Iraq and Iran, including a man who said it was his” dream “to live here. Some were missing coats and even shoes, a few were soaked.

“The most arresting image of all – a newborn baby wrapped in a blanket. The little girl is just 16 days old, and yet she has experienced a journey that few can understand.

“Her mother, almost too tired to speak, told me her name was Ayyan. Why risk her child’s life to reach these shores? Because ‘England has the best life’.”

Migrants arrive at the beach at Dungeness
Migrants arrive at the beach at Dungeness

Sky News filmed dozens of people arriving in Britain on Saturday as the French interior minister announced plans to visit Calais to inspect efforts in the fight against illegal immigration in the Channel.

The Home Office has said it will raise footage with French colleagues – after Britain signed a £ 54m deal with France to increase patrols back in July.

It has described the record rise in migrant crossings to the UK across the Channel this year as “unacceptable”.

Locals have expressed anger on “how easy” it is to cross the canal to Britain as record numbers land on the Kent coast this year.

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