Statement from Her Majesty's Coastguard

Her Majesty’s Coastguard is committed to safeguarding life around the seas and coastal areas of the United Kingdom.

On Wednesday 24th November, we received over 90 alerts from the English Channel area including 999 emergency calls. Every call was answered, assessed and acted upon, including the timely deployment of search and rescue resources where appropriate.

In the early hours of that morning, in response to the calls and alerts we received, we launched a search and rescue operation which included UK Border Force, a Coastguard search and rescue helicopter, and passing ships which were asked to keep a lookout for small boats in the area. Three small boats were located and those onboard rescued. No other small boats or people in the water were identified in the search area.

Our deepest sympathies are with the families of those who lost their lives.

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