UK Border Force Saves Two Migrants From Sunken Boat, Still Looking For Three Others Near Essex Coast
09:14 GMT 26.10.2021 (Updated: 12:57 GMT 26.10.2021)
© AP Photo / Kirsty WigglesworthIn this file photo dated Saturday Aug. 8, 2020, a Border Force vessel at the port city of Dover, England. Fifteen migrants have been saved Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020, as search and rescue operations by the Border Force continue, but at least four migrants, including a 5-year-old and 8-year-old child, have died Tuesday when their boat capsized while they and other migrants tried to cross the English Channel to Britain, French authorities said. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)
© AP Photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth
The incident, which is still "ongoing", prompted the border force to deploy a helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft to help rescuers at the scene.
The UK Border Force is responding to an "urgent" and serious incident off the Harwich coast in Essex, the Daily Mail has reported, citing a Home Office spokesperson. The spokesperson said that HM Coastguard is coordinating the rescue effort to save migrants from a sunken dinghy they had used to cross the English Channel.
Two passengers from the inflatable boat have already been rescued, but the Border Force is still looking for the other three, who are feared dead, the media outlet said.
HM Coastguard sent out a helicopter and another aircraft to help rescuers, while the Royal National Lifeboat Institution has deployed a lifeboat to the scene.
The route is known to be used by people-smugglers to bring migrants into the UK, the Daily Mail noted. However, it is not usually used by migrants travelling on inflatable crafts.