‘It’s not good, I don’t know if we’re going to make it’: The chilling final phone call from migrant feared drowned to friend in Calais… how desperate crossing led to catastrophe leaving 27 dead 

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  • 27 migrants died yesterday trying to cross the Channel from France to the UK
  • But migrants in Dunkirk are still preparing to embark on the dangerous sea voyage
  • A pregnant woman including two boys and a girl was found among the dead

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The fear of a migrant drowning in the Chanel tragedy called a friend and said: ‘It’s not good, the engine isn’t powerful enough – I don’t know if we’re going to make it or not.’

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Mohammad Aziz, 31, has not been traced since he called his fellow Iraqi Kurdish Peshrao Aziz.

He told the Granthshala last night from his camp in Calais: ‘He was afraid the boat might sink.’

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Meanwhile, other migrants described how they feared for four Afghan youths who went missing in the wake of Wednesday’s disaster that claimed at least 27 lives.

Riyaz Mohammed, 12, his relative Share Mohammed, 17, and two other teenagers, Palovan, 16, and Shinai, 15, were among those attempting the dangerous cross that day.

Friends who were unable to contact him yesterday said they were concerned that he was among the dead.

A friend showed a TikTok video filmed on Monday of Riyaz and Share from Jalalabad, wearing life jackets on the beach, as they prepared for their earlier trip to England.

A pregnant woman was also among the 27 who died. Officials said 17 men, seven women, two boys and a girl were among the dead.

Yesterday Wednesday, a lifeboat volunteer who helped retrieve six bodies from the sea compared the horrific scene to a disaster movie.

Charles DeVos, one of the first to arrive, said: ‘It was something like the movie Titanic when you saw all these people drowning in water, drowning, with no means of being able to be saved.

‘Unfortunately, we were only able to heal the dead.’

Riyaz Mohammad, 12, his relative Share Mohammad, 17, pictured wearing a life jacket on the beach before the crossing, resulted in the death of 27 people.

French police carry, on a stretcher, an unidentified body discovered off Sangte beach, the day 27 migrants died when their dinghy attempted to cross the English Channel, near Calais, France Attempted to cross the English Channel on November 25, 2021.

French police carry, on a stretcher, an unidentified body discovered off Sangte beach, the day 27 migrants died when their dinghy attempted to cross the English Channel, near Calais, France Attempted to cross the English Channel on November 25, 2021.

Iraqi woman’s husband tells how migrants’ inflatable GPS disappeared as soon as he looked

An Iraqi woman’s husband, suspected to be one of 27 people who died in the English Channel, has explained how migrants’ air-to-air GPS disappeared.

Mariam Nouri, a resident of Ranya in the country’s north, is believed to be one of the victims of a boat capsized on Wednesday off the coast of Calais amid harsh seas and freezing temperatures.

Her husband, who did not wish to be named, was among those eagerly awaiting news of their loved ones when lifeboatmen pulled the bodies of 17 men, seven women and three children out of the water.

A Kurdish immigrant living in Britain, he told the Telegraph how he tried to track his wife’s trip from France to Britain before her signal suddenly dropped.

‘She’s not in the UK, which means she’s gone. This is very sad for me and for everyone.”

“I was in constant touch with my wife and I was tracking her live GPS. Four hours 18 minutes from the moment she got into that boat, I think they were in the middle of the ocean, then I lost her.’

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He added: ‘I noticed that the blown-up boat was really deflated. Was it a valve that came loose or hit an object? I think it happened because of overloading.

‘Don’t forget, you think the sea is calm – the sea is not calm because it is almost always choppy.’

Mr DeVos said: ‘We passed by an inflatable boat that had completely deflated. The little wind that was left was keeping him afloat.

‘I don’t know if there were kids, but we raised’ [the body of] A pregnant woman and a young man who was about 18 or 20 years old.

The French Coast Guard released a painful recording of the Mayday call made after a dinghy was sighted seven miles off the coast of Calais.

A shocking photo of a diminutive inflatable craft described as barely more seaworthy than a child’s paddling pool was taken by rescuers.

Only two survivors – an Iraqi and a Somalian – have reportedly told French police that the dinghy collided with a container ship that punctured its thin rubber hull and sank the ship.

He was in intensive care at the hospital last night suffering from hypothermia.

Last night, Mr. Aziz recounted his last conversation with his friend Mohamed, an hour before he drowned.

The pair, both from the northern Iraqi city of Ranya, met at a camp near Dunkirk while they waited to cross the Channel. They both came to Europe via Belarus.

Mr Aziz, 30, said: ‘Mohammed decided to try his luck. But he called me in a panic and confessed that he wondered if he had made the right decision.

‘He told me ‘it’s not good’, he thought the engine wasn’t powerful enough, and worried that the boat might sink, ‘I don’t know if we’re going to make it’. That was the last time I heard from him.

Still waiting to cross the Channel, according to Afghans, two of their countrymen are feared drowned - Palovan, 16 (L) and Shinai, 15 (R)

Still waiting to cross the Channel, according to Afghans, two of their countrymen are feared drowned – Palovan, 16 (L) and Shinai, 15 (R)

French authorities have not released the names of the victims and there is no confirmation whether Mohamed Aziz was among the dead.

Officials were briefing yesterday that the boat was carrying Kurds from northern Iraq with migrants from Afghanistan and Iran. They lived in camps, slept at Calais railway station and – the night before the crossing attempt – hid themselves near a canal.

In a grim, rubbish-filled camp near Dunkirk, fellow Afghans recount their fears for their missing friends. Referring to Riyaz and Share Mohammad, one said: ‘They tried to meet three days ago, then they tried again yesterday (Wednesday) – and we haven’t heard from them.’

He said the missing youths were involved in a party of 100 people, which was set up in three inflatables. Again, there was no official confirmation whether the victims were friends with them, whether they were safely brought to the UK or detained by the French.

“It’s not good, the engine isn’t powerful enough – I don’t know if we’re going to make it,” said 31-year-old Mohamed Aziz on a frantic call to a fellow Iraqi Kurd, Peshrao Aziz, when he attempted Cross the channel on a weak canoe that sank, killing dozens.

A migrant in the camp, 30-year-old Hassan from Kabul was denied asylum in the UK in July 2012, but is now trying to return. He said: ‘My friends Palovan and Shinai were on the same boat. The second day he left me two messages, one in the morning and one at night, asking me to join him.’

He revealed that Afghans described attempts to cross the border illegally as ‘the game’, adding: ‘Shinai calls me ‘come on the game’. I didn’t go

‘I didn’t hear any more – and I think they’re dead. But I will keep trying nonetheless. He had tried to cross several times. England is very close.

Sources told the Mail how a female doctor broke down in tears when confronted with corpses kept in a hangar at the Qua Paul depot in Calais.

None of the victims were said to have a passport or other document – ​​a tactic often used because it makes it difficult for migrants to return to their countries of origin.

Anna Richel of Utopia 56, a French charity working closely with migrants in Dunkirk and Calais, said: ‘Migrants never cross the Channel with ID cards, so it can take weeks to officially identify those who have died .’

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