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Eight 'migrants' rescued after cross-channel air and sea search

Eight 'migrants' rescued after cross-channel air and sea search

One of those on board appeared to be wrapped in cling film for protection from the elements
Eight suspected migrants have been rescued from a boat in the Channel, the French authorities have said.Helicopters and coastal patrols were sent to find them along with a British RNLI crew after a French team raised the alarm at about 02:00 GMT.After translators were brought in to get more information on their location, a fishing boat found them at 04:20 GMT. All eight had hypothermia and one appeared to be wrapped in cling film for protection from the elements.A statement from the Prefecture Maritime de la Manche said they were taken to Boulogne, where they were taken care of by firefighters and police.
It said their small boat was recovered by a French vessel.The RNLI confirmed its Dover crew went out to help the French coastguard.
'Organised crime'
Warnings have gone out from UK authorities about the dangers of taking small boats on the Dover-Calais route - the world's busiest shipping lane.Experts have said dinghies will not show on the radars of larger vessels in the Channel, and crowded dinghies are not equipped to make the crossings.
The small boat was recovered by the French vessel, the Abeille Languedoc
A recent surge in attempts to cross the Channel is being blamed on organised crime in France.The vast majority attempting to make the crossings claim to be Iranian, and so far the number of suspected Iranian migrants to have reached UK shores stands at 101.Five suspected migrants were pulled from the sea off France on Saturday, but their nationality is not known.The French authorities have not given any more information about where the latest group set off from.
Timeline
25 November
Eight people, all suffering from hypothermia, are rescued by the French authorities from a small boat in the Channel
24 November
Five suspected migrants are picked up from a small boat by the French authorities off northern France
23 November
Eight men located in a dinghy off the coast of Dover
22 November
Thirteen men and one woman were intercepted in two dinghies off the coast of Dover
18 November
Nine suspected migrants were found clambering up rocks in Folkestone after apparently crossing the English Channel in a small boat
16 November
Seven suspected migrants were found off Samphire Hoe, near Dover
14 November
Nine suspected migrants - seven men, one woman and a toddler - were found off the Kent coast
Another 10 were found near Dover Docks
Five men were found several miles of Ramsgate
13 November
Fourteen men and three children entered Port of Dover on a French fishing boat believed to be stolen
9 November
Seven men were found in the English Channel off Dover
3 November
Eight suspected migrants were stopped off the Kent coast
Seven others were stopped at Dover Western Docks
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