Nigel Farage claims he saved the lives of two migrants who had been adrift in the English Channel for 18 hours after spotting their blow-up kayak while on a fishing trip.
The Brexit Party leader said he went out fishing with a friend on November 29 and was five miles off the coast of Dover when they spotted the small orange boat with two men on board.
In a video, the 56-year-old said that at one point both migrants plunged into the water amid strong winds and rough waves before he and his companion were able to keep them safe until help arrived.
He said: 'They had given up rowing, it was awful weather and there was no boat around. There is no question they wouldn't have survived. One of them would have been dead after an hour with hypothermia and the other not long after.'
Mr Farage posted a video of his boat approaching the two migrants on his YouTube channel.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The Brexit Party leader said he went out fishing with a friend on November 29 and was five miles off the coast of Dover when they spotted the small orange boat with two men on board (seen here in a video posted by Mr Farage on Twitter)
Mr Farage said he decided to go fishing because the weather forecast was good, but this turned out to be wrong.
'It wasn't sunny, it was really overcast,' he said in a video posted on Twitter. 'The wind was much stronger than we expected and the waves a lot rougher.
'Five miles out into the English Channel, at 8.10am, we saw in the distance a small orange boat bobbing around.
'We made our way over to it and it was an inflatable kayak with two blokes in it. They had given up paddling and were just drifting.
'One of them was not in a good state at all. We came alongside and said to them that we were going to call the coastguard, help would be coming.'
Mr Farage said the conditions were 'pretty choppy' at the time, and the situation quickly made a turn for the worse.
'Perhaps they got a bit excited that we were there and the boat turned over, throwing the two men into the water,' he said.
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Mr Farage said: 'They had given up rowing, it was awful weather and there was no boat around'
'One of them had a life jacket on, the other one didn't – he went straight under then came back up after a few seconds.
'Luckily this happened at slack tide [the quiet period between high and low tides] otherwise this story would have a very different ending.
'They were able to grab on to each end of the upturned kayak. We decided to get one of them into the boat.'
It was a struggle to get the migrant onboard because the boat had high sides and he did not have enough strength to force himself up, Mr Farage said.
So instead he and his