Border Force Vessel Brings Migrants From French Waters To UK

Border Force Vessel Brings Migrants From French Waters To UK
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Border Force Vessel Brings Migrants From French Waters To UK.

An investigation has been launched after a Border Force vessel headed into French waters in order to bring migrants back to the UK.

Last Saturday a boat was spotted zigzagging between the UK and French waters. The boat was filled with migrants and the Border Force cutter Valiant headed over to intervene. The boat had been patrolling UK borders via sea when it headed out into French waters before launching a fast inflatable boat. The migrants were “rescued” before being brought back to Dover.


Even though the boat had not been seen to be in trouble they were bought back to the UK. The boat had also been travelling slowly.

According to The Daily Mail, officers were heard discussing the “legality” of the manoeuvre in a recording of a maritime conversation. The conversation had taken place over maritime radio.

The conversation started shortly after midnight between British and French officers last Saturday. According to the paper a British officer was heard to suggest the unauthorised handover and also check that he had a legal authorisation to do so from his French counterparts.

At a later point he asked: “Would you have a problem if we put our boarding boat into the water near the vessel, however, we will just escort it towards UK waters?”

The Athos officer comments at one point that: “We give you legality to do this, no problem.”

In the past few days’ hundreds of migrants have been intercepted as they attempt to make their way across the English Channel

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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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