Four people have died after a migrant boat got into difficulties crossing the English Channel on a freezing night.

A fishing crew spotted the dinghy sinking in ice-cold waters between Kent and France just after 03:00 GMT.

The skipper pulled his boat alongside and his crew hauled 31 people to safety in a dramatic rescue operation

Footage filmed from the boat showed some dressed only in T-shirts and thin lifejackets screaming for help.

The video - shared by the owner of the fishing trawler, Ben Squire - showed crew members pulling people up out of the water and the boat with ropes.

In the night sky, helicopter lights shine down and airlift people away, as lifeboats arrive at the scene to continue rescuing people.

A government spokesman said authorities were alerted at 03:05 GMT to a small boat in difficulty off the coast of Dungeness, 30 miles west of Dover.