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UK coastguard rescues suspected migrants off Kent coast

UK coastguard rescues suspected migrants off Kent coast

Twenty migrants have been rescued from inflatable boat that had started to drown last night in the English Channel, not so far from off the Kent coast. UK coastguard found the boat in two hours.

UK coastguard last night saved lives of twenty migrants. Their boat almost started to drown, so they phoned to their relatives in Calais with SOS signal. The French authorities contacted with UK colleagues, who sent rescue team to the English Channel. Actually, UK coastguard saved 20 persons, two of them were Britons, and rests were Albanians.

After receiving a signal from French authorities UK coastguard sent helicopter for monitoring the situation, as well as two lifeboats with coastguard rescue teams. They began searches from Dungeness and Folkestone. Two hours later they’ve found a rhib (rigid-hulled inflatable boat) with 20 people on board. Migrants were handed over to the UK Border Force and taken to Dover for further interview.

This incident helped to the UK Police to find two wanted Britons with criminal records. One (55) wanted on suspicion of murder in Spain, another man was the subject of a European Arrest Warrant. These two decided to realize their next joint criminal idea — on helping to the migrants enter into UK. Idea wasn’t crowned by success.