Three men have been charged with people smuggling offences after a fishing boat was intercepted off the coast of East Anglia.
As part of an intelligence-led operation involving the National Crime Agency, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force, the vessel was located on Tuesday evening.
The three crew members, Igor Kosyi, 56, and Volodymyr Mykhailov, 48, both from Ukraine, and Aleksandrs Gulpe, 43, from Latvia, appeared at Colchester Magistrates Court this afternoon and have been remanded in custody.
The boat had sailed from the Ostend area of Belgium and was accompanied into Harwich harbour by Border Force cutters Searcher and Vigilant in the early hours of Wednesday morning, where the three crew members were arrested.
The other 69 people on board, all Albanian nationals, were arrested on suspicion of offences under the Immigration Act and are now being dealt with by Immigration Enforcement officers.