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Up to 25 suspected migrants rescued off Kent coast | UK News



Up to 25 suspected migrants – including eight children – have been rescued off the coast of Kent, according to Sky sources.

One boat was thought to be carrying five adults and eight children – some as young as two years old. They were rescued by a lifeboat in Dover.

It is understood that Border Force was deployed to intercept a second vessel, which was carrying up to 12 adults and heading towards Folkstone.

Both incidents were caught on camera.

It comes after 16 suspected migrants – including two children – were picked up crossing the Channel yesterday.

French authorities alerted Border Force to the small boat heading towards Kent in the early hours of the morning before they were intercepted.

The Home Office said they were believed to be from Iran and Iraq.

Earlier this month, seven suspected migrants, who said they were Iranian, were found off the Kent coast and handed over to immigration officers.

The incident on May 2 came a day after 13 suspected migrants, who also said they were Iranian, travelled towards the UK in two small boats. They were later intercepted by police in the Port of Dover.

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