Three boats carrying total of 36 people intercepted on Monday, according to officials

Dozens of people have been rescued by Home Office and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) vessels while trying to cross the Channel in small boats, officials have said.

Three boats, carrying 36 men, women and children, were intercepted in separate operations on Monday, according to the Home Office. The people rescued gave their nationalities as Iranian and Iraqi and were handed over to immigration officials after medical assessments.

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