Migrants arrive at Pett Level after Border Force interception

A boat of migrants was intercepted and brought to land at Pett Level on Saturday (May, 16)

The Home Office and The Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat confirmed that a boat was intercepted by Border Force officials at around 1pm.

The vessel was reportedly carrying a group of 21 males and four females, who presented themselves as Iraqi and Iranian.

Police and the coastguard reportedly assisted with the incident.

A task for the team this afternoon … the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat team were tasked to support Coastguards,…

Posted by Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat on Saturday, 16 May 2020



Minister for Immigration Compliance and the Courts, Chris Philp, said:

“Saturday’s (May, 16) incidents are the result of criminals smuggling people into the country illegally.

“Criminal intelligence continues to be shared between the NCA and French authorities and substantial French law enforcement deployment prevented a number of further boats crossing this morning.

“Saturday’s cases have been dealt with in line with the immigration rules, including detention where appropriate.

“The migrants have left a safe country and we are seeking to return specific cases where appropriate.”

All individuals involved in the six incidents recorded on Saturday were brought to Dover and will be assessed to establish whether there are any medical requirements.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

“The cases of all those found today will be dealt with in line with the immigration rules, including detention where appropriate.

“The migrants have left a safe country – generally France – and where appropriate we will be seeking to return them.

“In line with Public Health England guidance, Border Force and all operational staff have the relevant Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available to them.”

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