Channel migrants: 19 men, women and children found on boat

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image captionA Border Force cutter intercepted the inflatable boat

Nineteen migrants have been stopped trying to cross the English Channel on an inflatable boat.

A Border Force vessel intercepted the inflatable boat carrying 11 men, four women and four children at about 02:45 GMT.

The group of Iranian and Iraqi nationals have been brought to shore and medically-assessed.

They will be interviewed by immigration officials, the Home Office said in a statement.

On Wednesday, 79 migrants crossed the Channel in five small boats - thought to be the second-highest number to attempt the crossing in a single day.

More than 1,700 migrants have crossed the Channel in small boats this year.

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