US News Shipwreck of migrants in the English Channel: the toll is growing with three missing persons

18:30  29 october  2020
18:30  29 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Le bateau a fait naufrage dans la Manche, au large de Dunkerque, mardi 27 octobre 2020 (photo d’illustration). © YANNIS BEHRAKIS / REUTERS The boat was wrecked in the English Channel, off Dunkirk, Tuesday October 27, 2020 (photo illustration).

The death toll now stands at seven, four of whom were from the same family. They found themselves trapped in the cockpit of the boat when it sank.

The sinking on Tuesday in the English Channel of an migrant boat killed four members of the same Iranian Kurdish family, whose third and youngest child was also missing, along with two other passengers, said the prosecution on Thursday. from Dunkirk.

A family from Iran

The 35-year-old man, the 32-year-old woman and the two children, an 8-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy found dead, Tuesday October 27, 2020, formed the same family, originally from de Sardasht, in western Iran, told AFP prosecutor Sébastien Pive, confirming testimonies from relatives relayed on Wednesday by the BBC.

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Their youngest child, one year old, is missing, he added. The loss of the boy had been reported from the day of the sinking by the first testimonies of passengers.

A close relative living in France was heard by the Border Police (PAF) to confirm the identity of these victims, trapped in the cockpit of the boat when it capsized and sank, he said.

Two more missing

The ongoing investigation also confirmed that two other passengers, men whose identities could not be established, were missing at sea in the wreck. The boat was mostly Iranian and Iraqi Kurds.

Bringing to seven dead and three missing the number of migrants victims of the perilous crossings of the Channel in 2020, the sinking of Tuesday is the worst migratory drama to have occurred in these waters.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacted on Twitter by assuring that the United Kingdom would do "everything" what it could against "ruthless criminal gangs who prey vulnerable people by facilitating these dangerous journeys" .

“Our family here is desperate. My father, my mother and my sisters cry all their tears ”, testified on Wednesday on the BBC the brother of the father of the deceased family. The family had "paid a lot of money" to join the UK, he claimed.

The pilot of the boat not yet identified

Fourteen of the 15 survivors continued to be heard on Thursday in police custody, which could if necessary be extended, to try to identify the pilot of the boat, exposed to prosecution for manslaughter and involuntary violence , added the prosecutor.

"At the same time, operations are being carried out to identify the smugglers", on the ground, he said.

Despite the dangers, attempts to cross the Channel have been increasing since 2018. Between January 1 and August 31, 6,200 migrants tried their luck there, according to official figures.

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