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A significant rescue operation is presently underway after a small boat, believed to be carrying round roughly 80 migrants, received into problem within the English Channel off the Kent coast.

The incident occurred roughly 5 miles from the shore, with three kids believed to amongst these struggling within the water. Some studies recommended the vessel had run aground, whereas others that it had capsized.

Some of the group are thought to have been pulled from the water, with the coastguard and lifeboat crews referred to as to assist Border Force in the course of the incident off the Kent coast on Thursday morning.

A Home Office spokesman confirmed there have been no fatalities thus far, though it’s not clear whether or not anybody has been taken to hospital.

One Twitter consumer claimed the boat in query was really in French waters, though Express.co.uk has not but confirmed this.

BBC journalist Simon Jones, posting on X, stated: “Dover and Walmer lifeboats have launched to assist Border Force following reports that around 60 migrants have been spotted in the water about five miles off the Kent coast.”

More details about the incident is but to be confirmed. The coastguard and RNLI have been contacted.

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