Search launched in English Channel after '˜migrants' spotted in dinghy off the coast

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

Tuesday, 15th November 2016, 10:29 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:22 pm
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Dover Coastguard is co-ordinating the operation and Newhaven lifeboat has been sent to the scene between Peacehaven and Saltdean in East Sussex.

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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.