Before embarking, one woman was seen blowing kisses in the direction of the Reuters camera and police, as the migrants, progress towards the cold waters of the English Channel.
Migrants, including children, some bundled from the cold in jackets and woollen hats, then get onto a dinghy. A girl is crying as she leans on the inflatable boat.
Before dawn, the dinghy sails towards England.
Just a bit later after sunrise, another dinghy, with about 40 on board, set out from the same beach, leaving police on the beach behind them.