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'I was tracking, then I lost her' – Husband of woman who drowned in the Channel speaks out


The body of Baran Nouri Hamadami is understood to have been identified by a relative in France after 27 migrants drowned in Wednesday’s boat disaster. Her grieving family are understood to be organising her funeral in the Kurdish city of Irbil. Her husband, who has not been named, had been following her movements during the boat journey for more than four hours when her GPS signal suddenly cut off. He said: “I am in a very bad state.”

The Kurdish migrant tearfully said that his wife had been trying to join him in Britain. He said: “She is not in the UK, which means that she is gone. It is very sad for me and for everyone. “I had continuous contact with my wife and was tracking her live GPS.

“I think they were in the middle of the sea, then I lost her.” He said he had spoken to his wife – also known as Maryam – on the phone before her signal disappeared, and she had told him there were some 30 people crowded on to her dinghy.

They included other Kurdish women, as well as a girl aged about nine, and Afghans. When he heard that a vessel had capsized in the sea off France, the man called the people traffickers who told him they could not reach those on board. It is feared that some of the suspected Channel migrant victims may have been forced at gunpoint onto the fragile inflatable that was hit by a container ship. Sangar Ahmed, 33, from Ranya, Iraqi- Kurdistan, said childhood friends Shakar Ali, 27, and Harem Almas, 23, had vanished since they were due to make the crossing.

In a squalid camp near Dunkirk yesterday, he said: “We don’t know for sure if they are dead but I heard they got on the boat, and I’ve heard nothing from them since. I heard from them before the boat went out. The boat was tiny with about 50 people on it. It was really overcrowded. If my friends did not want to get on they may have been forced to at gunpoint. We have all heard stories about people being threatened with a gun to get on. I tried to message but I’ve heard nothing back. It is devastating.”

Fisherman Karl Maquinghen, 37, raised the alarm after spotting the bodies in the sea. He said: “Seeing so many people dead next to us, it was shocking. I saw dead people, children. You wonder whether if we had arrived five or 10 minutes earlier, if we could not have saved them.”

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