An inflatable boat containing around 20 refugees landed on the beach at Southend On Sea this morning.
After around 15 minutes on dry land they could all be heard shouting ‘f**k this’ before getting back in the boat and leaving again.
It is believed that the men were of Somali origin.
A witness said: ‘Just after 6am, I saw a black inflatable vessel washed up on the beach very close to the pier at Southend.’
‘Most of the men got out and started celebrating and kissing the sand and hugging – however one of them started having a good look around and he didn’t seem too happy.’
‘A couple of local homeowners wandered over to the group with some fresh clothes and hot drinks, and I heard one of them say ‘This country is most definitely the best place to settle for anyone who has had to endure the most frightful and challenging plight in a nation of instability and insurmountable obstacles to overcome for a peaceful existence.’
‘The guy with the Thermos just looked at him and said ‘you what mate?’
Another witness said: ‘A group of four ladies were walking past enjoying some chips after an all-nighter, and they saw the men and walked over while making ‘oooh’ and ‘ahhh’ noises.’
‘The loudest of the group approached one of them and said: ‘Don’t worry fellas, we can take the lot,’ and within seconds they were all jumping back into the boat and pushing it out to sea again.’
A source from the Coastguard said: ‘A boat of men was picked up in The Thames and towed to Canvey Island.’
‘They immediately demanded repatriation as they didn’t fancy Sadlers Farm on a Wednesday morning.’