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Two migrants in critical condition after rescue

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Two suspected migrants are in a critical condition after their boat got into difficulty trying to cross the Channel.

The boat was discovered by the French navy in the early hours of Thursday.

It was around six miles north of Cap Gris-Nez, the part of France that is closest to England.

The two migrants were airlifted from the boat with severe hypothermia and taken to hospital in Boulogne, the French coastguard said.

The RNLI tows a boat suspected to have been stolen by migrants
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The RNLI tows a boat suspected to have been stolen by migrants

Eight others were taken to Calais and their boat was towed back by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

A fisherman working in the Channel told Sky News that the boat had been stolen.

The coastguard said the vessel and those on board had been in a “perilous situation”.

They added that those planning to cross the Channel by sea should be aware it is “one of the busiest areas in the world and, therefore, dangerous for human life”.

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