Fishing boat captain rescues four asylum seekers from Iran

The captain of a charter fishing boat has told how he rescued four asylum seekers when their inflatable dinghy got into trouble off the coast of Dover.

Matt Coker, 37, said he spotted the small boat, which was half full of water, three miles off the Goodwin Sands in Kent as he took a group out on a day trip at around 10.30am on Saturday.

The three 'distressed' men and one woman on board tied a red T-shirt to an oar as they tried to attract his attention before making a leap for the bigger vessel, he said.

Matt Coker, 37, said he spotted the small boat, which was half full of water, three miles off the Goodwin Sands in Kent as he took a group out on a day trip at around 10.30am on Saturday

Matt Coker, 37, said he spotted the small boat, which was half full of water, three miles off the Goodwin Sands in Kent as he took a group out on a day trip at around 10.30am on Saturday

The three 'distressed' men and one woman on board tied a red T-shirt to an oar as they tried to attract his attention before making a leap for the bigger vessel, he said

The three 'distressed' men and one woman on board tied a red T-shirt to an oar as they tried to attract his attention before making a leap for the bigger vessel, he said

The Royal Charlotte skipper told how his fishing party pulled them aboard and administered first aid before calling the Coastguard.

'We were on our way out on a fishing trip and we noticed a small, little tiny dinghy on the horizon and I tried to look with the binoculars and I could see people in it and didn't think much of it,' he said.

'But as we got closer... they see us and suddenly started waving.

'I had another look with the binoculars and I could see they were actually waving the

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