The Daily Telegraph

Rescued migrant resuscitat­ed as 30 saved from sea

- By Charles Hymas HOME AFFAIRS EDITOR

A MIGRANT had to be resuscitat­ed on a life raft in the Channel after an overcrowde­d dinghy carrying 30 people broke in half casting them into the sea nearly seven miles off the English coast.

A coastguard helicopter was scrambled yesterday to help rescue the 30 people from the sea and take a paramedic to the scene after reports that one of the migrants had stopped breathing.

All 30, including the resuscitat­ed migrant, were rescued and brought to land by Border Force and coastguard vessels after being picked up from the water six to seven miles off St Margaret’s Bay, by the White Cliffs of Dover.

The migrant who was resuscitat­ed on the life raft by the paramedic is believed to have been brought ashore on a wheelchair before receiving further medical checks and treatment.

The Royal Navy and police were also reportedly called to the scene to assist – along with the coastguard helicopter from Lydd, a fixed wing aircraft, RNLI boats from Dover and Dungeness, and Border Force vessel Ranger.

The rescue comes after the number of migrants reaching the UK in small boats this year surpassed 29,000 on Wednesday, according to MOD data.

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