British authorities have said that the four migrants who died as a result of a boat capsizing in the English Channel on December 14, were possibly from Afghanistan and Senegal.
Katrina Hepburn, a forensic pathologist in Kent in southeast England, said at the opening of the inquest hearing that the identities of the four victims in the incident had not been fully determined, but according to the police report, two of the victims were “probably” Afghan and two others. They were Senegalese.
This investigation is waiting for more findings from the police and that is why it was postponed to another date.
The inflatable boat got into trouble in the very cold weather and a rescue operation was launched involving the British Coastguard and other emergency responders as well as a fishing boat.
Police said on Sunday that 19-year-old Ibrahima Bah has been charged with facilitating the illegal entry of asylum seekers into Britain.
39 people from this boat were safely brought to the shore and saved.