The coastguard were alerted to the boat after some of the migrants started making panicked phone calls as the boat started taking on water in the middle of the night. Since then, there have been several reports of migrants attempting to cross the Channel in boats, while others have stowed away in the back of lorries.The latest incident comes after a total of 5,596 migrants were evacuated from the “Jungle” camp in Calais with many being taken away on buses, according to French ministries. An asylum seeker who tried to cross the Channel in an inflatable kayak was picked up less than eight miles from the British coastline.The man was picked up by the UK Border Force after someone on a ferry spotted him near the Kent coastline in the small inflatable at around 12.30pm on Saturday. HMC Searcher was deployed and picked up the man, who has presented himself as being from Iran. Sky News sources suggested the man had come from the now-demolished “Jungle” camp in Calais. Sky News sources suggested the man had come from the now-demolished “Jungle” camp in Calais (pictured)Credit:Christopher Furlong The man, who is in his 30s, allegedly told officials he was persecuted in Iran after converting to Christianity, according to Sky News. He is believed to have claimed asylum and has been detained at an immigration centre in Croydon, south London, while he awaits a decision.His application is reportedly being dealt with under the Detained Fast Track procedure, which means it will likely take around two weeks before he is told whether or not he can stay.The man is believed to be the first migrant to attempt to cross the Channel in a kayak.In May, two Britons – Mark Stribling, 35, from Farningham, Kent and Robert Stilwell, 33, from Dartford – were jailed over immigration offences after a group of 18 Albanians, which included two children, had to be rescued from a sinking inflatable boat in waters near Folkestone in Kent. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.