Four Detained On Yacht Off Scilly On Immigration Offences

The Yacht Involved Tied Up Alongside The Quay On St Mary's. Image Courtesy Of Robin Mawer. 

The Yacht Involved Tied Up Alongside The Quay On St Mary's. Image Courtesy Of Robin Mawer. 

A yacht was intercepted and four people have been detained off the Isles of Scilly on suspicion of immigration offences and facilitation of illegal immigration.

The four people on board presented themselves as Ukrainian nationals and, following checks, were arrested by Devon and Cornwall Police Officers on the above charges confirmed a Home Office Spokeswoman. 

The yacht was intercepted by the Border Force Coastal Patrol Vessel, Nimrod, at around 6:40am on Wednesday 28th June near the Isles of Scilly and towed to St Mary’s Harbour. 

Border Force Coastal Patrol Vessel, Nimrod Intercepted The Yacht Off Scilly. Image Courtesy Of Robin Mawer.

Border Force Coastal Patrol Vessel, Nimrod Intercepted The Yacht Off Scilly. Image Courtesy Of Robin Mawer.

The four people remain in custody and the investigation has been referred to officers from Immigration Enforcement Criminal and Financial Investigations.

Border Force and Immigration Enforcement are operational directorates within the Home Office responsible for border security and enforcing immigration law.

Harbour Master Dale Clark spoke to Will on The Morning Show and told us what he could about the incident.