UK coast guard rescues 20 people in English Channel

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Posted: May 29, 2016 12:00 PM

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Home Office said Sunday that 20 people including 18 Albanians had been rescued overnight from an inflatable boat that started to take on water in the English Channel.

The group including two Britons was taken to Dover for interviewing by U.K. border officials after the rescue.

The British coast guard says it received word that the vessel was in trouble shortly before midnight Saturday.

The complex operation included a search-and-rescue helicopter and lifeboats dispatched from several English ports.

The boat was in trouble off the coast of Dymchurch, 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of London. The group was traveling in a rigid-hulled inflatable boat and it took rescuers several hours to locate the small craft.

There have been several recent incidents in which migrants in small vessels tried to reach Britain.