LONDON — Migrants are attempting the 21-mile journey across the English Channel from France to Britain aboard flimsy inflatable boats, canoes and even water scooters.
Video footage that aired on "Good Morning Britain" Tuesday showed U.K. authorities picking up nine people who had attempted to traverse one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes in a rubber dinghy. Those rescued included four children.
This is the dramatic moment a group of nine migrants were captured using a dingy to cross the English Channel in the middle of the night.
The number of people making the treacherous journey this month has increased by 100, compared to previous months. pic.twitter.com/YPKtgfZD5j
But tighter security checks mean that some migrants now see the waterway as an option.
Earlier this month, 48 migrants were rescued in the English Channel in the space of just two days, according to British lawmaker Charlie Elphicke.
“To see this number or brazen attempts to break into Britain, even as winter sets in, is unprecedented and deeply concerning,” Elphicke wrote in a newsletter to his constituents. “These people are desperate to reach our shores — and they will keep trying by any means possible.”
Elphicke, who is a member of the ruling Conservatives, called on British and French authorities to do more to deter people from attempting the crossing.
Britain's interior ministry — which is known as the Home Office — says it has stepped up deployments of patrol vessels along the southeast coast of England.