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Body of dead baby in English Channel found in Norway, police say UK News

The body of a baby found on the Norwegian coast is that of a 15-month-old child who went missing and died in the English Channel, police confirmed.

The child, named Artin, died along with four members of his family when the boat they were traveling on sank in October last year.

His Kurdish-Iranian family were trying to reach the United Kingdom from France and his remains will now be repatriated to Iran where he will be buried.

They had left for the UK in a boat carrying up to 28 people when their migrant boat sank.

The other four family members to have died were his father Rasoul Iran-Nejad and his wife Shiva Mohammad Panahi, both 35, as well as their children Anita, nine, and Armin, six.

On Monday, Norwegian police said the body was found on the southwest coast of Norway near Karmoy on New Years Day.

The police statement said: “Trained professionals from the Forensic Science Department at Oslo University Hospital have successfully recovered matching DNA profiles.”

The family were told it was Artim.

In October, a cousin of Mr. Iran-Nejad said: “We are all devastated.

“The family were absolutely lovely, they were fun to be around, they were extremely sweet (and) the kids too.

“They led a not very easy life. They were still running out of money.

“Her only hope of coming to the UK was a better future for the children.”

At the time, Interior Minister Priti Patel said the deaths were “an ultimate tragedy” and “could have been avoided”.

The boat carrying the family sank on October 27, 2020, they were from the city of Sardasht in western Ira, near the border with Iraq.

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This notice was published: 2021-06-07 14:47:00

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