Newborn baby rescued by RNLI after nine-hour Channel crossing

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A newborn baby is rescued by the RNLI after a nine-hour journey across the English Channel in a group of migrants.

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The girl, named Ayyan, was taken to shore in Dungeness, Kent by a lifeboat worker, and was soon joined by her mother, who was also rescued.

One of the English speaking migrants told sky News that the French police saw the group leaving. Asked if he tried to stop them, he said: “No, they don’t say anything.”


He also translated for Ayyan’s mother, who said that her child is doing well and she is happy to be in the UK. She said she was prepared to risk her safety to cross the Channel because “England has the best life”.

Ayan’s age is said to be between two weeks and one month.

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Sky News correspondent Ivor Bennett said: “Many migrants were trembling as they were helped by lifeboats on Dungeness’s shingle beach.

“Those who spoke said they were from Iraq and Iran, including one man who said he had a “dream” to live here.

Sky News said another boat carrying between 15 and 20 migrants reached Dungeness later on Saturday.

So far this year, over 17,000 expatriates have reached the UK through the channel, more than double the figure for the whole of 2020.

The government said the increase was “unacceptable” and wanted to stop the crossing by making it illegal to enter the UK without approval. The United Nations Human Rights Council said the government risks violating international law and said the numbers were low in the global context.

Home Secretary Priti Patel struck a £54m deal with France in July to patrol the Channel on behalf of the UK Border Force, but threatened to pull funds if the goal of bringing more people back was not met.


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