A husband has told about his fear that his wife is among 27 people who died while trying to cross the English Channel.
He told The Daily Telegraph that he was following his wife Mariam Nouri’s movements on a boat trip when her GPS signal suddenly cut off.
He said, ‘I am in very bad shape.
The newspaper reported that the man is a Kurdish immigrant living in Britain who did not wish to be named but was known as Baran and was from Ranya in northern Iraq.
The Iraqi-Kurdish Mrs. Nouri was trying to join them in Britain.
She said in tears: “She’s not in the UK, which means she’s gone. It’s very sad for me and everyone.
“I was in constant touch with my wife and I was tracking her live GPS.
“From the moment she got into that boat, 4 hours 18 minutes after, I think they were in the middle of the ocean, then I lost her”.
He said he had spoken to his wife on the phone before the signal disappeared, and she had told him that her dinghy was crowded with about 30 people.
They included other Kurdish women, one of whom was a nine-year-old girl and an Afghan national.
When he heard that a ship had sunk at sea near France, the man called the smugglers who had organized the crossing, but they told him that they could not reach any of the people on board.
Wednesday’s tragedy killed 17 men, seven women – including a pregnant woman – and three children, according to officials.
A joint search and rescue operation by French and British officials, launched after a fishing boat spotted people at sea, was called off late Wednesday.
French authorities have arrested five suspected smugglers in connection with the incident.
The Strait of Dover is the busiest shipping lane in the world and many people have died trying to get to Britain in air dinghies.