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Border force intercepts more suspected migrants in the English Channel | UK News



A group of suspected migrants in a small dinghy have been intercepted by a Border Force cutter in the English channel.

The group’s rescue – which was filmed by a Sky News helicopter – is the latest in a string of attempts in the last few weeks by migrants to cross the Channel to British shores.

At the scene was an RNLI lifeboat, as well as HMCC Vigilant, a Border Force cutter ship which patrols the south coast.

The suspected migrants were picked up by UK Border Force
A number of small boats carrying suspected migrants have been picked up in the Channel

It is thought there were five people on board the small boat.

As part of the operation, the suspected migrants were transferred to a rescue boat, before being taken to the HMCC Vigilant to be carried to shore.

Two boats of suspected migrants from Iran were picked up on Monday and 34 migrants were rescued in Dover last week.

The HMCC Vigilant saved the group from the English Channel.
HMCC Vigilant was involved in the rescue

The Home Office has confirmed that an incident is underway. In a statement, it said: “Border Force is currently dealing with an ongoing small boat incident in the Channel. Further details will be provided once the situation has been resolved.”

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