Ten arrested after dramatic rescue in English Channel


Ten people have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in people smuggling after a sea rescue in the English Channel.

A person on one of two boats carrying eight Vietnamese and two Britons from France to the UK was winched to safety following the capsizing of a vessel.

The individual was taken to hospital in Calais with suspected hypothermia after being in the sea for four hours.

French police said all 10 people were arrested and are being questioned.

The UK coastguard sent an RNLI lifeboat crew to assist in the French-led operation, in the Dover Strait, after being alerted at 06:30 BST.

A spokesman said those who had been in the water were recovered by the occupants of the second boat.

All were taken on a French police vessel back to Calais, where they are being questioned about their immigration status.

The coastguard spokesman said the lifeboat carried out a search of the area to make sure no-one else was in danger.

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