LKS 20220823 (FILES) In this file photo taken on June 15, 2022 a British police officer stands guard on the beach of Dungeness, on the southeast coast of England, as Royal National Lifeboat Institution's (RNLI) members help migrants to disembark from one of their lifeboats after they were picked up at sea while attempting to cross the English Channel. - The number of people crossing the Channel to the UK from northern France in small boats has hit a new high, the government in London said on August 23, 2022. Some 1,295 people were detected on August 22, 2022 beating the previous single-day record of 1,185 on November 11, 2021, the Ministry of Defence said. So far this year there have been some 22,670 crossings. At the same point in 2021, nearly 12,500 were intercepted making the journey. LEHTIKUVA / AFP, AFP / LEHTIKUVA / BEN STANSALL