Coastguard

The body of a man found by the coast guard in the middle of the English Channel


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man was found dead floating in the middle of the English Channel at a popular refugee crossing point to the UK.

Sussex Police said: “On Saturday afternoon, September 11, the body of a man was found by HM Coast Guard in central English Channel, following reports from a ship who was passing, and was brought to Eastbourne.

“Investigations are ongoing and no further information is available at the moment. “

It comes after reports revealed that Priti Patel ordered officials to intercept migrants in the Channel using “high powered, armored” jet skis.

Plans seen by the Sun said border force officers would try to turn dilapidated canoes holding refugees back to France using the “watercraft”.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said Home Secretary – “was rightly exploring all possible avenues” to remedy the situation, adding: “We have said that will include turning back migrants, but this will only be done in accordance with international law, and it is clear that the safety of migrants is absolutely paramount.

The Home Secretary’s plan, which came in response to the Prime Minister’s orders to restrict crossings, sparked a diplomatic row between Paris and London, with his French counterpart Gerald Darmanin expressing his anger.

“France will not accept any practice contrary to the law of the sea, nor any financial blackmail,” he posted on social networks.

In a letter to Ms Patel, shadow Home Secretary Mr Thomas-Symonds wrote: ‘It is appalling that you have even considered and now approved’ pushback ‘techniques for small crossings. boats.

“These techniques are dangerous, inhuman, unreasonable and extremely reckless: you put lives at risk, including those of children.”

Dan O’Mahoney, commander of the Channel Underground Threat, said efforts so far have prevented more than 10,000 attempted migrants, led to nearly 300 arrests and obtained 65 convictions.

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