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RNLI: Anyone crossing the Channel 'in danger'

The beach at Dymchurch, Kent where the rescue operation happened Credit: ITV News

An RNLI crew member who helped rescue 20 people from a boat off the coast of Kent has warned against attempts to cross the Channel.

Trevor Bunney, part of a crew that rescued 20 people - including 18 Albanians - from an inflatable boat that began to sink on Saturday night, said people attempting similar feats are putting themselves "in danger".

Mr Bunney told the BBC that the small white inflatable boat was adrift and taking in water in the "choppy sea". One woman had the first signs of hypothermia.

"It could potentially become a bigger problem and it's always a concern", he said.

"Like I said before, anyone who tries crossing the Channel ill-equipped are putting themselves in danger".

Two British men were remanded in custody charged with immigration offences after the rescue off Dymchurch, Kent.

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