Pair ar­rested af­ter Al­ba­ni­ans res­cued

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS -

TWO British men have been charged with im­mi­gra­tion of­fences af­ter 18 Al­ba­ni­ans were res­cued from a sink­ing boat in the English Chan­nel.

A Home Of­fice spokesman con­firmed the two ar­rested men, one aged 33 and the other 35, face charges un­der the Im­mi­gra­tion Act 1971.

They are both due be­fore Med­way Mag­is­trates’ Court later.

Two chil­dren and a woman were among the group of 18 Al­ba­ni­ans aboard the rigid-hulled in­flat­able boat which be­gan to sink off Dym­church, Kent, on Satur­day night.

Along with the Al­ba­ni­ans, two British men were also res­cued by the Coast­guard, work­ing with the RNLI, and handed over to the Border Force.

It has been re­ported the peo­ple on board had alerted their fam­i­lies in Calais, who raised the alarm with the French au­thor­i­ties.

A sec­ond ves­sel, be­lieved to be linked to the in­flat­able that got into trou­ble, was dis­cov­ered on the beach on Sun­day at Dym­church and was seized by the au­thor­i­ties.

The in­ci­dent has sparked fears that tragedies seen in Greece or Italy could start to oc­cur in the Chan­nel.

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