Channel victim’s heartbreaking last Snapchat messages to fiancé as boat sank

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Maryam Nuri Mohamed Amin, 24, was in contact with her fiancé Mohammed Karzan via Snapchat during her attempted crossing of the Channel and she messaged him to say the boat was sinking

One young woman was killed in Channel tragedy. She messaged her boyfriend in the UK via Snapchat, telling him that their boat was filling up with water and that it was about to burst.

Maryam Nuri Mohamed Amin (24 years old) was the first victim confirmed after 27 migrants drowned off the coast France on Wednesday.

According to reports, Maryam, a student had quit her studies in Iraq in order to be with Mohammed, a Kurdish immigrant in the UK.

Mohammed Karzan, her partner, told how he kept in touch with his future wife as the tragedy unfolded.

He had been in contact with her through Snapchat. He followed her progress via a GPS signal. But when the signal disappeared, he realized that his partner was gone.

BBC’s Mr Karzan said that she texted him to tell him that the boat was overflowing. However, she assured him that they would be rescued.

However, help was not available and she, 17 other men, six women, one of whom had a baby, and three children all died. Only two survived.

“She is not in the UK, which means that she is gone. It is very sad for me, and for everyone,”According to Mr Karzan, Telegraph.

“I had continuous contact with my wife and I was tracking her live GPS. She got out of that boat at 4:18 PM. I believe they were still in the middle, and I lost them.”

Now she reportedly will be buried in Irbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq after her body was identified by a friend of her partner.

Mr Karzan told The Times : “It’s a truly horrible thing. It’s difficult for us to talk about.”

Wednesday’s tragedy claimed the lives of 17 men, seven women – including a pregnant woman – and three children, according to authorities.

A joint search and rescue operation by the French and British authorities that was launched after a fishing boat spotted people in the sea was called off late on Wednesday.

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

The Dover Strait is the busiest shipping lane in the world and many people have perished trying to cross to Britain in inflatable dinghies.