By Richard Spillett for MailOnline
Published: 11:14 GMT, 4 December 2019 | Updated: 16:02 GMT, 4 December 2019
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
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.