At least six nonwhite invaders were detained early today while trying to invade the UK across the English Channel from France in a rubber dingy.The U.K.’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency said it “rescued” the six men near Dover, Kent, at around 5:40 a.m. with the help of a search and rescue helicopter and HMC Valiant.
News of the invasion attempt came just hours after a mass drowning of Sri Lankans living in London led to reports that invaders had drowned while trying to cross the Channel.
The dingy in which the latest invaders were intercepted.
The Local in France reported in June this year that “thwarted at every turn in their efforts to reach Britain,” the massed nonwhite invasion force in northern France “have once again changed tack, turning to flimsy dinghies to carry them across the Channel.”
The invaders have increasingly been “stymied” in their efforts to sneak into trucks or trains, and authorities have reported about a dozen operations to rescue invaders drifting in inflatable dinghies in the Channel since the start of the year, the Local continued.
Pierre-Joachim Antona, spokesman for the local French maritime authority, said efforts to cross the Channel by boat were “no longer extraordinary or isolated.”
The most recent incident took place on June 11, when three Iranian invaders were plucked off their sinking boat. Four days earlier, three other invaders were rescued in similar circumstances.
There have been rare cases in recent years of invaders drowning while trying to swim across the narrow sea, and an Afghan once built a raft with a bedsheet in a failed effort to drift to England.
But the phenomenon is now a “real and lasting trend,” said Antona.
He said that while the coast guard had intercepted several boats, there was evidence that some were succeeding in crossing the treacherous stretch of water.
“We are realistic; we know there have been other attempts, successful or not,” said Antona, citing “clues on English and French beaches, like small boats or life vests.”
The British government’s welfare policies are the major draw for the invaders seeking access to the U.K., with free housing, handouts, money, cell phones, and other huge benefits on offer to any Third World scrounger who can make it ashore.
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