Husband who lost wife’s GPS signal during Channel crossing fears the worst

One husband spoke of fears that his wife was among the 27 people who died trying to cross the English Channel.

The man said The Daily Telegraph that he was following the movements of his wife Maryam Nuri during their boat trip when her GPS signal suddenly lost.

“I’m in very bad shape,” he said.

The newspaper reported that the man was a Kurdish immigrant living in the UK who did not want to be named but was known as Baran and was from Ranya in northern Iraq.

Iraqi Kurdish woman Nuri tried to join him in the UK.

In tears he said, “She is not in the UK which means she is gone. It is very sad for me and for everyone.

“I was in constant contact with my wife and followed her live GPS.

“After 4 hours and 18 minutes from the moment she got on the boat, I think you were in the middle of the sea, then I lost you.”

He said he spoke to his wife on the phone before her signal went away and she told him there were about 30 people crowded on her inflatable boat.

These included other Kurdish women, including a girl around the age of nine, and Afghan nationals.

When he heard that a ship had capsized in the sea off France, the man called the human traffickers who had organized the crossing, but told him that they could not reach any of the people on board.

According to the authorities, the tragedy on Wednesday claimed 17 men, seven women – including a pregnant woman – and three children.

A joint search and rescue operation by the French and British authorities launched after a fishing boat discovered people in the sea was canceled late Wednesday evening.

The French authorities arrested five suspected traffickers in connection with the incident.

The Strait of Dover is the busiest shipping route in the world and many people have died trying to get into the UK in rubber dinghies.

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