Toddler and her migrant family found trying to cross English Channel in a dinghy

Dramatic footage captures the rescue of a toddler, believed to be just 18 months old, and her desperate migrant family off a dinghy in the English Channel.

The latest group, said to nine Iranian relatives, brings the total number of migrants found crossing the Channel by boat this week to 42.

Concerns continue to grow over the spike in illegal attempts at crossing the water to the UK.

But the emotional clip of the girl and her family, broadcast by ITV’s Good Morning Britain today, shows the migrants wrapped in blankets in the middle of a cold night.

BBC News says the girl is just 18 months old.

They reportedly travelled on a three-metre-long boat in clothing unsuitable for our recent plummeting temperatures.

The Home Office meanwhile confirmed, in the last two weeks alone, 86 migrants have been detained at sea – more than six times the number for the whole of 2017.

A spokesperson for the Home Office told ITV : "A Border Force coastal patrol vessel was deployed and intercepted a dinghy off the Kent coast with eight people on board.

"The dinghy and those on board were brought into Dover where they were met by Border Force officers."

It is unclear what has caused the recent rise in numbers.

But the Home Office says its increasing its checks on sea and land.

Authorities believe many of the migrants have left beaches in France.

James Salmon works at Dover Marina Services and told ITV News: "Last week it just exploded. Absolutely exploded.

"Three or four days of settled weather and I think it was in the region of 60 came across that we know of – we had then another few days of rough weather – it’s come calm again. And again, they’re just flooding on over."

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