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BREAKING: Border Force responds to ‘urgent incident’ off the Essex coast near Felixstowe

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Border Force responds to ‘urgent incident’ off the Essex coast near Felixstowe

  • Border Force would not explain the nature of the incident, despite requests
  • But HM Coastguard confirmed it was a rescue operation it was coordinating
  • It sent a helicopter and fixed wing aircraft to look for anyone in the waters
  • It said it was looking for a vessel that needed rescuing and its inhabitants
  • The waters are used by people smugglers to try and get migrants into the UK 










Border Force officers are dealing with a serious incident this morning in the sea at Harwich, Essex.

Rescuers are said to be dealing with an ‘ongoing’ call-out which it is treating as urgent.

The rescue is being coordinated by HM Coastguard and it has sent a helicopter from Lydd and a fixed wing aircraft.

A spokeswoman told MailOnline: ‘HM Coastguard will continue to safeguard life around the seas and coastal areas of the UK, working with search and rescue resources in the area.

Border Force officers are dealing with a serious incident this morning in the sea at Harwich

Border Force officers are dealing with a serious incident this morning in the sea at Harwich

‘If a vessel needs search and rescue assistance, HM Coastguard will continue to respond and rescue those in danger.’

A Home Office spokeswoman told MailOnline: ‘Border Force is urgently responding to an ongoing incident off the coast of Harwich.

‘Further details will be provided after the initial response and once the situation has been resolved.’

The location of the rescue is near port of Harwich in Essex but other ships are moving freely

The location of the rescue is near port of Harwich in Essex but other ships are moving freely

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