19 people rescued from inflatable boat in English Channel

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Nineteen people have been rescued from the English Channel after the inflatable boat they were in started taking on water.

The UK Coastguard received a call for assistance just off the coast of Dymchurch in Kent, at 11.40pm on Saturday.

A search and rescue helicopter was deployed as well as lifeboats from Dungeness and Littlestone, and coastguard rescue teams from Dungeness and Folkestone.

The rhib (rigid-hulled inflatable boat), with 19 people on board, was found at 2am and the matter was handed over to Border Force.