Border Force called in after Iraqi nationals discovered on boat adrift off Ramsgate

Border Force was called in to Ramsgate Photo Simon Crow

Four Iraqi nationals, including a pregnant woman, and two British men were  onboard a 25ft fishing vessel rescued by the RNLI after it was reported as drifting 8.5 miles off Ramsgate harbour yesterday (August 9).

Border Force officials were then called in by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Photo Simon Crow

The six people on board were the two British men and another two men, one woman and a child who presented themselves as Iraqi nationals.

Photo Simon Crow

Border Force officers attended Ramsgate to interview the four foreign nationals whose cases will now be dealt with in line with the immigration rules.

Photo Simon Crow

The pregnant woman was taken to hospital as a precaution.

The two British men, aged 38 and 67, were arrested on suspicion of facilitating a breach of the UK’s immigration laws.

Photo Simon Crow

A third British national, aged 20, who was on the quayside at Ramsgate has also been arrested on suspicion of facilitating a breach of the UK’s immigration laws.

The investigation has been passed to Immigration Enforcement’s Criminal and Financial Investigations team and all three men, who remain in custody, are due to be interviewed later today.


  1. I’m sure that if our fishermen were allowed to actually catch fish and have a quota instead of some Spanish trawler taking everything from our waters than they wouldn’t have to resort to this sort of thing. Mind you, it’s not like in the 70’s when the p aki smugglers used to drop them off in the dark and tell them to walk up the beach, when in fact they had been dropped on the goodwins at low tide…

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