Up to 25 suspected migrants rescued off Kent coast

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Up to 25 suspected migrants – including eight children – have been rescued off the coast of Kent, according to Sky sources.

One boat was thought to be carrying five adults and eight children – some as young as two years old. They were rescued by a lifeboat in Dover.

It is understood that Border Force was deployed to intercept a second vessel, which was carrying up to 12 adults and heading towards Folkstone.

Both incidents were caught on camera.

Fisherman David Catt, who witnessed the rescue, said: “We were heading out into the Channel to go fishing when we spotted a small vessel in the distance.

“When we got closer we could see there were about five adults and eight children in there – some of them couldn’t have been more than two years old.

“It’s a nice sunny day and conditions are calm, so it would have been a good time to make the crossing. But it’s still very cold out there and the poor children were soaked through and so cold.

“After the lifeboat picked them up we were heading back out to go fishing and we saw another small vessel with about 10 to 12 men in it heading in the direction of Folkestone.”

A Home Office spokesperson confirmed Border Force had dealt with “two small boat incidents” off the Kent coast, adding: “Further details will be provided once the situations have been resolved.”

“Anyone crossing the Channel in a small boat is taking a huge risk with their life and the lives of their children.

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