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.
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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