British helicopters come to rescue in English Channel

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British helicopters come to rescue in English Channel

Helicopters and rescue ships rushed to the English Channel off the coast of Kent in southern England on Wednesday to rescue a troubled small boat, officials said Wednesday.

The British coastguard was coordinating a rescue operation involving the Navy, border agents and Kent police. The National Rescue Ship Institution also sent ships.

Thousands of migrants each year use small boats in the hope of crossing the Channel to seek asylum in Britain. The British government has come under pressure to reduce the number of arrivals.

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