Published: 00:00, 01 July 2014 |
Updated: 11:34, 02 July 2014
Two suspected asylum seekers have been rescued after being spotted screaming for help in the Channel.
Walmer lifeboat crews were called out just after 3pm today amid claims two people had been seen on board a rubber dinghy.
A Border Force spokeswoman said: "This afternoon Border Force officers were alerted to two suspected illegal entrants who were rescued by the RNLI off the coast of Kent. Both individuals are believed to be Pakistani nationals and have been detained while further investigations take place."
A spokesman for the Dover Maritime Coordination Centre said they had a call just after 3pm today saying a rubber dinghy with two people on board had apparently broken free of a yacht off the Zetland Arms in Deal.
The occupants were shouting for help.
Lifeboat crews bought the pair ashore, where they were given medical treatment.
The statement continued: "Kent Police Frontier Operations and the UK Border Force have been informed."
It comes just days after suspected asylum seekers were spotted trying to enter the UK in a rubber dinghy bound for Dover.
On Saturday an inflatable dinghy was towed into Dover Harbour after it was seen by a cross channel ferry in the early hours.
Video: The people are picked up by a lifeboat crew. Video from Dover Sea Safari
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.