Channel dies: husband used GPS to track wife as signal “suddenly disappears”

A Kurdish man living in the UK recounted how he was following his wife’s progress when tragedy struck as she attempted to cross the English Channel in a capsized boat off the French coast

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A man shared how he tracked his wife’s attempt to cross the English Channel with a GPS signal before the signal suddenly disappeared.

She is now missing, fearing she was among the 27 people who died on Wednesday.

French lifeboat crew found deflated dinghy six miles off Calais coast in poor condition weather situation and embarked the victims including 17 men, seven women – including one pregnant – and three children.

A Kurdish immigrant to the UK said he was following the progress of his wife Maryam Nuri, known as Baran, from northern Iraq, in her attempt to find him across the Channel.

The canoe carrying 27 people across the Channel suddenly deflated

She had told him that she was in a boat with about 30 other people, including Afghans and Kurds, but the signal cut four hours after the start of the trip.

“She’s not in the UK, which means she’s gone. It is very sad for me and for everyone, ”said the husband, who did not wish to be named. Telegraph.

“I had continuous contact with my wife and tracked her GPS live. After 4 hours and 18 minutes from the time she got into that boat, I think they were in the middle of the sea, and then I lost her. “

He said he contacted the human traffickers who organized his trip but they said they were unable to contact anyone on board.

Two survivors of the dinghy reportedly told police it was punctured after being struck by a container ship.

The regional director of the lifeboat association (SNSM) in Calais, Charles Devos, was among the first on the scene.

He said he dragged six bodies out of the sea, including a pregnant woman.

Mr Devos compared the incident to the Titanic, seeing people “dived” into the water with no way to be rescued.

He said that unfortunately they were only able to recover those who died in the tragedy.

Several thousand people crossed from Calais to the UK this year


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Many of those believed to have been on the boat were Kurds from the Peshdar region in northern Iraq, as well as Iranians and Afghans.

“Residents of Dunkirk told me that none of these people had life jackets,” said Ranj Peshdari, a Kurdish migration activist.

“Despite this, the smuggler, a Dutch Kurd, sent them back and promised them their trip would be short.”

Thousands of people have attempted to cross from France to the UK this year despite the perilous journey and after the latest tragedy they continue to try to arrive with 25 people picked up and taken to Dover around 5 a.m. Thursday.

Two boats were intercepted by an RNLI lifeboat and a border force patrol and the people were taken for treatment at Tug Haven.

So far, 25,700 migrants have arrived in the UK by boat, more than three times the figure for 2020.

After the Prime Minister tragedy Boris Johnson spoke with Emmanuel Macron about measures that could be taken to stop the flow of migrants trying to cross the Channel. Johnson proposed joint patrols of the French coast.

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