Hastings and Dungeness Lifeboats were both launched around 7.50am on Sunday morning. They were supported by two SAR helicopters after a 999 call to rescue 39 Iranian nationals attempting to travel towards the UK.
The life savers were called to the assist a number of migrant vessels, Kent police attended the Lifeboat station at Dungeness where the vessels were brought to shore and those on board were handed over to the authorities,
“”The Coastguard says it has been coordinating ‘a number of incidents off the Kent coast”, working with Border Force and Kent Police. Two Search and Rescue Helicopters, three lifeboats and two Border Force vessels are involved.”