At least 60 migrants rescued in English Channel

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Dec 17, 2019

December 17, 2019

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At least 60 migrants were brought ashore in Dover on Tuesday after being intercepted by patrol boats while crossing the English Channel.

The UK Home Office said it was dealing with “ongoing small boat incidents off the Kent coast”.

Officials say more details will be provided “once the situation has been resolved”.

Sky News reported that some 60 migrants had been brought to Dover in a rescue operation in the English Channel involving British and French patrol ships.

There has been a rise in small boat crossings despite the wintry weather.

Children were among the 79 migrants picked up trying to get reach the UK on December 4, officials said.

In November, the UK’s Border Force intercepted four boats carrying 39 Iranian migrants attempting the crossing from Europe to the UK over the English Channel.

Officials in the UK have warned that migrants risk losing their lives and are endangering their children by making the risky crossing.

Updated: December 17, 2019 05:38 PM

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