Lifeboat in illegal immigrants drama

POLICE and immigration officials are today questioning 15 people after an early-morning drama off the Suffolk coast.A Suffolk lifeboat was called to the aid of a stricken yacht, and after it arrived at Shotley Marina, the 15 were held.

By Georgina James

POLICE and immigration officials are today questioning 15 people after an early-morning drama off the Suffolk coast.

A Suffolk lifeboat was called to the aid of a stricken yacht, and after it arrived at Shotley Marina, the 15 were held.

Five people have been arrested on suspicion of people-smuggling. Meanwhile, the other ten were being held by officials at Harwich on suspicion of being illegal immigrants.


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The yacht got into difficulties about 12 miles off the coast of Aldeburgh and radioed for help at about 2.30am.

It is not known whether the crew of the yacht 'Pim' sent out a Mayday message or put a call in to the coastguard, but the Aldeburgh Lifeboat was launched to tow the boat in.

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