Yesterday RNLI lifeboats, coast guards, fishing boats and even a television crew on a rented boat helped border forces ships cope with record numbers of migrants crossing perilous sea routes and frequented from the English Channel.
At least 280 migrants arrived in the UK on Tuesday, after 430 on Monday, a record for a single day. It took the total this year to exceed 8,000 and close to the annual figure of 8,417 for all of last year.
The move came as Home Secretary Priti Patel struck a new deal with the French last night in which the government will provide an additional € 62.7million (£ 53million) in a bid to prevent migrants leaving the French coast.
The money, in addition to £ 25million last year, will double the number of police officers to around 200 a day who will patrol French beaches in a bid to stop smuggling gangs from shipping migrants to across the Channel for an average of £ 2,500 per person.
The new agreement with his French counterpart Gerland Darmanin will expand the police presence and the use of surveillance technology over a wider area of the north coast of France. It should also lead to a joint bid to forge a new pan-European deal for EU countries to take back illegal migrants who reach the UK.