AN EVIL people smuggler threw a dozen helpless migrants overboard a small boat after a fight on board, report say.
Young women were among those tossed into the water from the inflatable vessel that left Calais in France.
A group of people rescued at Dover on July 25 – as more continue to make the dangerous crossing
And emergency services had to be sent out to help them, the French confirmed.
The crowded boat saw punches thrown and several hurled into the water.
One source said: “Smugglers had packed the boat with lots of paying customers but all hell broke loose.
“There was an argument about space and soon people were punching each other.
“The skipper was worried that the boat might capsize if the fighting continued, and so he threw troublemakers into the sea.
“It shows how utterly ruthless these people are. And it shows the smugglers are making so much money that they can afford to throw customers overboard. It is brutal.”
Boats are more overcrowded than ever as evil smugglers try and pack them with even more people.
In July there were an average of 52 people per boat – leaving them more and more at risk of capsizing.
Last year averages were just 28.
A spokesman for the French emergency services confirmed that police and ambulance workers spent the day rescuing “a dozen passengers from the boat” during the incident last month.
He said: “All of them complained about being thrown into the sea by the boat’s skipper because of fighting onboard.
“You might get three or four different nationalities on a boat, and friction between them is common.”
Meanwhile, the flagship migrant barge – the Bibby Stockholm – is still going through checks before asylum seekers can board it, Rishi Sunak said yesterday.
The PM was forced to admit the long-awaited plans to put small boat arrivals on the floating vessel are still not ready.
When it was first confirmed in June, the PM said it would be just weeks before the first arrivals got abroad.
But it has been repeatedly kicked back and is still lying empty – amid concerns over whether it could be a fire risk.
Speaking to broadcasters at the Great British Beer Festival in west London’s Olympia exhibition centre, the Prime Minister said: “All migrant accommodation has to go through a series of checks and inspections to make sure it complies with regulation, that’s what’s happening in this case.
“This is ultimately about fairness.
“I don’t think it’s fair that British taxpayers are forking out six million quid a day to house illegal migrants in hotels – I want to put an end to that.”
The Bibby Stockholm moored in Dorset
Rishi Sunak said the barge wasn’t ready yet and was undergoing final checks
Transport minister Richard Holden said yesterday he “cannot put a timeframe” on when it will finally hold up to 500 people.
Around 40 people have got letters telling them they will be put on the accommodation off the coast of Dorset.
14,732 have come over in small boats this year alone.
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