Border Force intercepts 'about 50 migrants in canoes' in the Channel

Mail Online | 8/9/2019 | Darren Boyle for MailOnline
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More than 40 migrants were rescued in the English Channel early today - including two people in kayak - as they attempted to enter the UK.

Some 11 people had to be rescued off the French coast after their dinghy overturned in choppy seas.

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A further 30 people - including two in a kayak - had made it to within eight miles of the Kent coast when they were intercepted by UK Border Force.

A major operation was launched shortly after dawn, involving a UK Border Force cutter, a Coast Guard Helicopter and a pair of RNLI lifeboats.

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Four craft were rescued close to the Kent coast - three rigid hulled inflatable boats (RHIBS) and the kayak.

They were detected in the Dover Straits between 4am and 7am in what is thought to be separate incidents.

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Border Force cutters, an HM Coastguard helicopter and at least two RNLI lifeboats were dispatched to try and spot the various craft in the rescue operation.

It is understood the canoes were spotted about eight miles off the Kent coast near Dover.

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A Home Office spokesman said: 'Border Force is currently dealing with a number of small boat incidents in the Channel.

'More information will be provided in due course.'

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Most of the migrants were on two rigid hulled inflatable boats while a couple of people were trying to cross on a pair of canoes.

Border Force cutters, a HM Coastguard helicopter and at least two RNLI lifeboats were dispatched to...
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