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Stock photo of lifeboat
Stock photo of lifeboat

Lifeboats from East Sussex have been launched to help rescue nine people at sea this afternoon (Wednesday).

The alarm was raised last night after reports an inflatable boat had gone missing after leaving Boulogne in France.

Lifeboat crews from Boulogne and Dungeness were out looking for them throughout the night.

This morning, the coastguard joined the search and eventually they were found.

No further information is available at this time.