Dutch media reported that the man appeared to be a 26-year-old refugee from Eritrea who wanted to reach England. The raft he'd built had no engine and only a sail made from a piece of plastic. It was discovered on a busy shipping route used by freighters.
Dutch save migrant trying to reach Britain on makeshift raft
BERLIN (AP) — Dutch sea rescue services say they have saved a migrant trying to cross the English Channel on a makeshift raft. The Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution, or KNRM, tweeted that the man was picked up Sunday morning near Ijmuiden, west of Amsterdam.