Toddler among nine rescued from dinghy off Dover coast
An 18-month-old child is among nine people rescued from a dinghy in the English Channel, the BBC understands.
Kent Police were called at about 03:15 GMT after the 3m-long vessel was spotted by a fishing crew off Dover.
A Border Force boat picked up the suspected migrants and brought them to Dover at about 05:30 where they were handed over to immigration officials.
The group consisted of one man and two families with four children between them, the Home Office said.
Some 110 people have reached the Kent coast so far this month, most claiming to be Iranian.
The coastguard is advising ships in the Channel to look out for small boats.
The Home Office said a Border Force cutter and coastal patrol vessel were deployed and intercepted the dinghy with nine people on board off the Kent coast.
A spokesman said: "The group consisted of one man and two family groups - father, mother and three minors; father, mother and one minor - all of whom presented themselves as Iraqi.
"All are medically well and have been transferred to Immigration officials for interview."
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Another boat, with nine people on board, was also spotted off the coast of France, authorities there said.
The Centre des Opérations Maritimes said the fishing boat was spotted by the British DFDS ferry Delft Seaways 7.5km west of Dunkirk at about 04:00 GMT and those on board passed over to French police.
On Monday, eight people suffering from hypothermia were rescued from a boat in the Channel, French authorities said.
Warnings have gone out from UK authorities about the dangers of taking small boats on the Dover-Calais route - the world's busiest shipping lane.
Experts have said dinghies will not show up on the radars of larger vessels in the Channel, and crowded dinghies are not equipped to make the crossings.
The people found off the Kent coast this month:
- 26 November - Nine people including a child, reported to be 18-months-old are picked up from a 3m-long boat off Dover.
- 25 November - Eight people, all suffering from hypothermia, are rescued by the French authorities from a small boat in the Channel
- 24 November - Five suspected migrants are picked up from a small boat by the French authorities off northern France
- 23 November - Eight men located in a dinghy off the coast of Dover
- 22 November - Thirteen men and one woman were intercepted in two dinghies off the coast of Dover
- 18 November - Nine suspected migrants were found clambering up rocks in Folkestone after apparently crossing the English Channel in a small boat
- 16 November - Seven suspected migrants were found off Samphire Hoe, near Dover
- 14 November -Nine suspected migrants - seven men, one woman and a toddler - were found off the Kent coast. Another 10 were found near Dover Docks and five men were found several miles of Ramsgate
- 13 November - Fourteen men and three children entered Port of Dover on a French fishing boat believed to be stolen
- 9 November -Seven men were found in the English Channel off Dover
- 3 November -Eight suspected migrants were stopped off the Kent coast and seven others were stopped at Dover Western Docks