Nine suspected illegal immigrants from Albania have been rescued from an inflatable boat in the Channel this afternoon (Wednesday, January 31) and brought to Sovereign Harbour.
The migrants – seven passengers and two crew – are currently being questioned at Eastbourne’s Sovereign Harbour by Border Control.
The alarm was first raised last night after reports an inflatable boat had gone missing after leaving Boulogne in France.
Lifeboat crews from Boulogne and Dungeness were out looking for them throughout the night.
This morning, the coastguard joined the search and eventually found the nine – eight men and one woman – off the Sussex coast this afternoon.
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