Pair arrested after Albanians rescued
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.