A migrant attempting to swim to Britain using flippers and a rubber ring has been rescued from the Channel with hypothermia.
The unidentified man was discovered three miles off the coast of Calais with fins and using a buoy as a float to help.
He was spotted by the crew of a fishing boat at 6.30am who alerted French authorities.
French border officials rescued the migrant who was suffering from hypothermia from a perilously busy shipping lane and handed to authorities in Calais.
More than 150 migrants have made their way across the Channel since the end of May, in what Dover MP Charlie Elphike has called a ‘summer of chaos.’
An image released by the French coastguard shows them rescuing the migrant around three miles from Calais early this morning
The French coast guard rescued the man at dawn from the Channel, he was suffering from mild hypothermia they said (pictured: French Gendarmes patrol the beaches at Tardinghen near the northern port city of Calais in April)
The HMS Mersey, a U.K. Royal Navy patrol ship, passes a Border Force cutter vessel during its mission to support the Border Force and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s response to migrant crossings in the English Channel off the coast of Dover, U.K, in January this year
A statement by the Prefecture Maritime based in Calais, who released an image of the rescue, said: ‘On Tuesday 16 July, at about 06:30, the Maritime
Prefecture of the English Channel and the North Sea was notified by the Regional Operational Monitoring and Rescue Centre (CROSS) in Gris-Nez that the fishing vessel No Stress was in contact with a migrant equipped with fins and a buoy and tried to swim to England.
‘It is located at the time of contact about 5km north of Calais.
‘Immediately, the Maritime Operations Centre (COM) of the Maritime Prefecture offers the assistance of the coastal maritime surveillance boat
(VCSM) Scarpe of the maritime gendarmerie, which picked up the migrant on board around 7.30 am.
‘In mild hypothermia, the migrant was taken care of by the UAS and border police (PAF 62) at the port of Calais.’
It comes as Border Force officers in the UK have this morning dealt with two more migrant crossing incidents.
It is understood three groups were discovered off the East Sussex and Kent coast in three small boats.
IA group of migrants being taken to Dover, Kent, today by Border Force officials
They were picked up by Border Force officers and taken to Dover in Kent.
It is understood that adults and children are among the group.
A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman said: ‘HM Coastguard is committed to safeguarding life around the seas and coastal areas of this country.
‘We are only concerned with preservation of life, rescuing those in trouble and bringing them safely back to shore, where they will be handed over to the relevant partner emergency services or authorities.
‘We have been assisting Border Force with two incidents off the Kent coast this morning.’
RNLI Hastings Lifeboat Station were also called to the incident.
A spokesman said: ‘We were tasked to go and support a Border Force incident involving a boat with migrants on board.
‘But we were stood down before we arrived on the scene.
‘We were not visual. I believe Border Force dealt with the boats and are taking the casualties to Dover.
‘A second boat was reported but we had returned to shore by this time.’
Charities say migrants in northern France are increasingly desperate and willing to take greater risks to reach Britain due to hard line policing and increased security at ports in the area.
French custom officers conduct investigations and searches on a pick up on the highway A27 during a French and Belgian bilateral operation in northern France – charities say a crack down on migrants has pushed them to desperate acts
From late last year, the French coastguard reported a surge in attempts by men and women to cross the Channel in rubber dinghies as well as in stolen boats.
The northern Channel coast is a magnet for refugees and migrants who gather there hoping to board trucks and ferries heading to Britain.
Last month rights group Amnesty International accused French authorities of harassing and intimidating charity workers who attempt to help migrants there, many of whom live in squalid camps.
A mayor in the small port of Ouistreham was handed a six-month suspended prison sentence on July 2 for harassing people helping the migrants by wrongly issuing parking fines for their vehicles.
Many locals on the northern coast complain about the impact of squalid migrant camps on the image of the area, while trucking companies say they face major security problems.