Four migrants thought to be from Iran have been found by a UK fishing boat off the Kentish coast (Image: SKY)
Three men and a woman, aged 27, 30, 35 and 37 were spotted by the crew of the Royal Charlotte, a charter fishing boat.
The four migrants, thought to be from Iran, were drifting on Goodwin Sands, a 10-mile sandbank off the town of Deal, not far from Dover.
One of the men who took part to the rescue, Royal Charlotte skipper Matt Coker, recalled the tragic moment one of the migrant started coughing up blood.
He told Sky News: "We could see they were in distress.
There was so much panic in their faces
"There was so much panic in their faces.
"'Initially they were waving just oars, and then as we got closer they had t-shirts on the oars and they were frantically waving."
According to the skipper, the dinghy the migrants were on was only meant to carry three people.
Their condition was made worse by the fact the inflatable didn't have