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About 40 people made the perilous journey across the Channel on Thursday morning following the region’s worst migratory tragedy.

A group of people wearing life jackets and wrapped in blankets were seen grouped together aboard an RNLI lifeboat before climbing to the shores of Dover. They made the crossing just one day after a dinghy capsized off Calais, killing dozens.

Two boats reached British waters on Thursday morning, according to the BBC.

French Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin said the loss of 27 lives on Wednesday evening was an “absolute tragedy” as he blamed human trafficking gangs who promised people “El Dorado de l ‘England’ for a substantial sum.

Natalie Elphicke, the Conservative MP for Dover, called for increased patrols on French beaches to prevent boats from entering dangerous waters.

Talk to BBC breakfast On Thursday morning, she said the Channel crossing was “very dangerous” and said the best way to “keep people safe” would be to increase patrols on French soil “where they are already safe” .

However, Calais MP Pierre-Henri Dumont said it would not be realistic to expect more police officers to patrol the coastline in France. “We have 200-300 km [125-186 miles] from the shore to watch 24/7, and it only takes five to ten minutes to pick up a boat and fill it with migrants, ”he said.

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