Search launched in English Channel after ‘migrants’ spotted in dinghy off the coast

Birling Gap Safety Boat Open Day. April 9th 2012 E15145N
The Newhaven Lifeboat returns to base after exercise with Coastguard helicopter is called off. SUS-150113-100140001
Birling Gap Safety Boat Open Day. April 9th 2012 E15145N The Newhaven Lifeboat returns to base after exercise with Coastguard helicopter is called off. SUS-150113-100140001

Here’s the latest from the courts

A major search was launchedin the English Channel today after a rubber dinghy filled with up to 10 people was spotted off the coast.

Dover Coastguard is co-ordinating the operation and Newhaven lifeboat has been sent to the scene between Peacehaven and Saltdean in East Sussex.

A passer-by reported seeing people on the boat which was heading to the shore.

It is being treated as migrants attempting to get into the UK.