Dinghy carrying eight suspected migrants lands on beach near Dover

At least eight suspected migrants have landed on a beach near Dover this morning with some managing to flee before emergency services could arrive. 

The migrants are believed to have braced the cold weather overnight to cross the channel. Footage of the landing appeared to show up to eight people on board a small dinghy, which was being towed by a Border Force patrol vessel.

According to Sky News, the dingy was picked up by fishermen earlier this morning, before being brought into the Kent town by Border Force officials. 

A resident who was walking his dog in the area said: ‘They looked beyond frozen. All of them were shivering and an ambulance was called right away. Despite the cold, at least three of them darted off before the ambulance arrived. I don’t know where they went. 

When emergency services arrived at the beach under Cliff Road, in Kingsdown, Kent, the remaining migrants were given blankets and taken away to warm up.

It is believed they have now been handed over to Border Force.

Smugglers are sending people in small boats on 200-mile journeys to land in more sparsely populated areas further up the coast, with at least two incidents of men landing in Lincolnshire being reported.

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