A group of Iranian men have been rescued as attempts by migrants to cross the English Channel in small boats continue for the fourth consecutive day.
Lifeboat crews and a cutter were called out to a dinghy spotted off the Kent coast on Wednesday.
At about 10.30am Border Force was alerted by French authorities to a small boat heading towards the UK, the Home Office said.
Nine men, who all said they were Iranian, were found on board. All were checked by paramedics when they arrived at Dover, a spokeswoman added.
Eight have been handed over to immigration officials and one was arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry to the UK.
It comes after MPs on the Commons Home Affairs Committee were told migrants were paying thousands of pounds to make the perilous crossing in the belief they will never have to leave once they reach the UK.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid told the committee 138 migrants succeeded in arriving in the UK in December last year by boat. This dropped to 47 in January but rose again in February with 79 arrivals so far, he said.
A baby and two children were among a group of 13 migrants found at sea in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
On Monday, a group of 15 Iranian men were found on board two small boats. Four were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry to the UK and have been released under investigation, the Home Office said.
On Sunday, a family of seven were found near Kingsdown after an empty dinghy was spotted in the Channel. The mother, father and five children were handed over to immigration officials.
A week ago a group of 34 men, women and children were detained after cutters and a coastal patrol boat intercepted a dinghy.