BREAKING: Search launched after ‘migrants’ spotted in dinghy off the coast

Birling Gap Safety Boat Open Day. April 9th 2012 E15145N
The Newhaven Lifeboat returns to base after exercise with Coastguard helicopter is called off. SUS-150113-100140001
Birling Gap Safety Boat Open Day. April 9th 2012 E15145N The Newhaven Lifeboat returns to base after exercise with Coastguard helicopter is called off. SUS-150113-100140001

A major search has been launched between Peavehaven and Saltdean this morning (Tuesday) after a rubber dinghy filled with up to 10 people was spotted off the coast.

Dover Coastguard is co-ordinating the operation and Newhaven lifeboat has been sent to the scene.

A passer-by reported seeing people on the boat which was heading to the shore.

It is being treated as migrants attempting to get into the UK.