Self-declared ‘war tourist’ aims to sail £15 dinghy along Channel refugee route

A provocative “warfare vacationer” has claimed he’ll sail the English channel in a dinghy, following the route plied by determined refugees coming to the UK.

“I’m about to do a really foolish and impulsive journey however I would like some assist. The place do the immigrants in France often put their inflatable boats within the water to paddle to England?” wrote Miles Routledge, who tweets as @Real_Lord_Miles.

He posted a picture of an itemizing for a £14.99 inflatable dinghy with the assertion.

Taking the development for darkish tourism – through which travellers purposefully go to places tied to warfare, battle or struggling – to the acute, Mr Routledge considers himself a “warfare vacationer”. He has travelled to Afghanistan and brought selfies with the Taliban.

In February, Mr Routledge travelled to Ukraine and claimed it was safer to be in than Birmingham and London.

In the identical Twitter thread, Mr Routledge jokes that the £15 dinghy has “extra leg room than Ryanair” and provides: “For reference, I’m positively not serving to the illegals, if I discover them, I’m calling the UK coastguard to cease them lmao.”

Nicknamed the “dying route”, the shortest route between the French coast and the UK is round 33km, often translating to round seven hours in a small boat for these determined sufficient to aim it.

In January, it was revealed that greater than 28,000 migrants crossed the Channel by small boat in 2021 – greater than thrice the entire for 2020 – with greater than 1,000 arriving on a single day.

In November, the English Channel noticed its worst-ever migrant tragedy after a packed inflatable dinghy sank mid-crossing, with 27 shedding their lives.

Mr Routledge has amassed greater than 113,000 Twitter followers together with his provocative missions, with many cheering on stunts that seem in poor style to others.

In his Twitter bio, he boasts of getting travelled to “south Sudan, Kazakhstan riots, Ukraine” and having had “tea with Taliban”.

“Most boats don’t make it, it’s actually unhappy and horrendous, belief me don’t do that,” replied Twitter person Will Crabtree.

If a follow-up tweet, Mr Routledge added that he’d need to cross to the Isle of Wight slightly than the English coast for logistical causes.

“I’ve been informed regardless that I’m doing the whole lot legally with the yellow Q flag, radio and C1331 kind, they might trigger points for me getting back from France so I’ll do 10 miles to the isle of Wight and again,” he mentioned.

As a part of the darkish tourism development, some travellers are opting to go to scenes of battle or political pressure, reminiscent of North Korea’s demilitarised zone or Chernobyl, which opened the doorways to its reactor 4 management room in 2019.

The Unbiased has approached Miles Routledge for remark.

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