Coastguard's Rescue Suspected Migrants

14 April 2016, 12:07 | Updated: 14 April 2016, 12:21

Dover coast guard have rescued 2 Iranian men from an inflatable dinghy

The suspected migrants had been at sea for around 8 hours before being picked up

The men had called for help on their mobile,  but were only located after light from their phone was spotted by a passing ferry at 3.30am. 

After being treated on the lifeboat, the pair - one believed to be in his 40s and the other in his 60s - were taken into Dover Harbour where they received further treatment from medics, and Kent Police were waiting.

The rescue comes in the week the National Crime Agency revealed that migrants trying to reach the UK are paying smuggling gangs up to £13,500 for their journey.

Some of those intent on coming to Britain are quoted five-figure sums to make the trip by air, while others are even believed to have spent as much as £12,000 to travel from France in inflatable boats.

It also emerged that criminal networks are suspected to have started targeting quieter ports on the east and south coasts in addition to the key hotspot in Kent.

Investigators suspect that, as well as the main Channel crossing between Calais and Kent, criminals may be using less busy ports within the UK, including Tilbury, Purfleet, Hull, Immingham and Newhaven.