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Toddler among nine rescued from boat off Dover coast

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More than 100 suspected Iranian migrants have reached the Kent coastline this month
An 18-month-old child is among nine people rescued from a boat in the English Channel, the BBC understands. A lifeboat was called at about 04:30 GMT after the 3m-long vessel was spotted by a fishing crew off Dover. A Border Force boat picked up the suspected migrants and brought them to Dover at about 05:30 where they were handed over to immigration officials. The coastguard is advising ships in the Channel to look out for small boats.A spokeswoman for the Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said: "We are currently assisting Border Force with an incident off the Kent coast."
She said the incident was being handled by the Border Force. The Home Office has been approached for a statement. Why are Iranians crossing the Channel in dinghies
Timeline
26 November - Nine people including a child, reported to be 18-months-old are picked up from a 3m-long boat off Dover.
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 and 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 and seven others were stopped at Dover Western Docks
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