Kent

Migrants found in English Channel boats

A vessel with migrants on board Image copyright Jim Bennett
Image caption A vessel carrying migrants was intercepted near Dungeness

Eight people have been detained after two boats carrying suspected migrants reached the Kent coast on Friday.

A Border Force cutter was deployed at about 06:00 GMT and located a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) in St Margaret's Bay, Dover.

The force sent staff to the area and said one person was detained.

At about 07:30 GMT another small boat with seven people on board was discovered heading towards Dungeness.

A cutter and a coastal patrol vessel were deployed and intercepted the second RHIB.

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Image caption The Dover Strait is the world's busiest shipping route

Border Force said the group, whose nationalities had not been confirmed, had been brought to Dover where they would be medically assessed.

HM Coastguard, which assisted in the operation, said it was "only concerned with preservation of life, rescuing those in trouble and bringing them safely back to shore, where they will be handed over to the relevant partner emergency services or authorities".

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Image caption The migrants were pictured wrapped in blankets and being led away

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