Migrants escorted by unscrupulous people traffickers today set sail from Dunkirk at dawn - with an estimated 400 landing in England.
Photos showed dozens of migrants embarking from Gravelines beach in the twilight and their smugglers scurrying back up the dunes after seeing them off.
Others showed French police officers patrolling the sands near Dunkirk, apparently unable to stop the droves from heading to England.
At least 27 boats were brought into the marina in Dover after a few days of relative quiet as high winds whipped through the world's busiest shipping lane.
It comes amid fears that record numbers of migrants are making the 20 mile dash across the waves before the winter brings rougher seas.
A group of migrants embark from Gravelines beach close to Dunkirk on Tuesday morning as a colossal Danish ferry makes its way through the Channel
Smugglers walk back after embarking migrants on boat on the beach of Gravelines, near Dunkirk, on Tuesday morning
French police officers patrol early morning the beach of Gravelines, near Dunkirk, apparently unable to stop the droves from crossing to England
French Police officers patrol early morning the beach of Gravelines as migrants embarked from beaches near Dunkirk
Small children (pictured today) were among hundreds of migrants rescued by packed Border Force vessels today as they attempted to cross the Channel to the UK
At least 27 boats were brought into the marina in Dover, Kent after migrants attempted the treacherous crossing following days of high winds in the Channel. Pictured: Arrivals today
More than 6,500 migrants have successfully landed so far this year, with September already the busiest month so far, despite there being eight more days to go.
The current single-day record for migrant crossings is 416, set on September 2.
Border Force deployed extra resources as crossings resumed in earnest on Tuesday, with boats containing as many as 30 people spotted in the busy shipping route.
Authorities were forced to make use of lifeboats at 8am to collect those making the illegal crossing as Border Force vessels were already full to capacity.
Photographs from Dover captured dozens of people thought to be migrants wrapped in blankets and wearing life jackets as they arrived on British shores.
Young children were among those rescued by authorities on what an insider described as a 'very, very busy morning' for Border Force.
Migrants are thought to have taken advantage of favourable conditions in the Channel, with wind speeds as low as 6mph early this morning.
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