>> The rubber dingy believed used by migrates attempting to reach Britain. 20 people aboard, including two children, got into trouble in the English Channel. Their plight raising fears of a new front in people smuggling.>> But it could be that we get similar scenes to such as we've seen in the Mediterranean, which we really don't want to see here.
So that's one example, really of where it could all go terribly wrong. Whether that would develop or not, we don't know. But we have to be prepared for it, and you have to say at the moment, we're not really well prepared, but it shouldn't have caught us on the hop.
Front line border officers have been saying probably for two or three years, that this could become a problem for us.>> The UK Coast Guard rescue has echoes of tragedies in the Mediterranean. Three shipwrecks on a route from Libya to Italy claimed up to 900 lives this week.
It's the most dangerous border passage for migrants in the world. Many fleeing war, oppression, and poverty can't swim and don't have life jackets. They pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to make the crossing. Survivors reported being raped and beaten by smugglers. A search has come amid calmer seas, 14,000 have been rescued since Monday.
With only survivor testimony to paint a picture of lives lost, the true number of dead may never be known.