UK coast guard rescues 20 people in Channel

2016-05-29 19:25


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London - Britain's Home Office said on Sunday that on 20 people, 18 of them Albanians, had been rescued overnight from an inflatable boat that started to take on water in the English Channel.

The group, including two Britons, was taken to Dover for interviewing by UK border officials after the rescue.

The British coast guard says it received word that the vessel was in trouble shortly before midnight on Saturday.

The complex operation included a search-and-rescue helicopter and lifeboats dispatched from several English ports.

The boat was in trouble off the coast of Dymchurch, 120km southeast of London. The group was travelling in a rigid-hulled inflatable boat and it took rescuers several hours to locate the small craft.

There have been several recent incidents in which migrants in small vessels tried to reach Britain.

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