Coastguard intercepts three more migrant boats in the English Channel

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Coastguard intercepts 79 migrants crossing the Channel including women and children in five more boats - just one day after 13 made it to UK on small vessels Despite cold weather, series of migrant boats have attempted Channel crossing   Authorities stopped five boats, with a total of 79 people on board 

By Richard Spillett for MailOnline

Published: 11:14 GMT, 4 December 2019 | Updated: 16:02 GMT, 4 December 2019

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Nearly eighty migrants crossed the English Channel to Britain this morning as authorities had to intercept five boats.  

Border Force boats, a coastguard aircraft and RNLI lifeboats were dispatched to the Dover Strait this morning as a number of small boats were seen floundering in the water. 

Three of the boats had 20 people in each of them. Another had 11 and another had eight. 

Those inside had told officials they are from Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Syria.   

A group of migrants are given blankets as then arrive on shore in Dover this morning

A group of migrants are given blankets as then arrive on shore in Dover this morning

An RNLI lifeboat was seen towing a small dinghy into Dover docks earlier this morning

An RNLI lifeboat was seen towing a small dinghy into Dover docks earlier this morning

Pictures from Dover show a group of people, each wrapped in blankets, being dealt with by Border Force officials.

Footage from nearby Kingsdown meanwhile shows officials hauling a huge dinghy up a beach as part of the investigation. 

The record for the number of people crossing in one day is 86, on a date in September this year. The sea is obviously much colder now with a greater risk to life. 

Today's five boats stopped in the Channel
The first boat was intercepted at 2.50am and had eight people inside, including one child. They said they were from Iran and Afghanistan.  The second boat was picked up at 5.30am and had 20 people in it. They were men, women and children who said they were from Iran and Iraq.  The third boat made it

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