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Body of 15-month-old Iranian boy washed up on Norwegian island months after smuggling ship capsized


Body of 15-month-old Iranian boy washed up on Norwegian island months after smuggling ship capsized
Artin Irannezhad, an 18-month-old Iranian migrant boy, is seen in Dunkirk, France on October 17, 2020, before his family attempts to make the crossing to England in a smuggler boat, in a photo obtained by Reuters June 7, 2021.

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Copenhagen, Denmark – The body of a toddler who washed up on the southwest coast of Norway on January 1 has been identified. He is a missing 15-month-old Iranian boy who died months earlier in the English Channel hundreds of kilometers away when the contraband boat carrying him, his parents and siblings capsized, said. Norwegian police.

After finding the body, Norwegian police carried out DNA tests to establish the identity of the toddler. Their conclusion was that it was Artin Irannezhad, who went missing on October 27, some 310 miles south of the Norwegian island of Karmoey where he was found.

He and his family drowned when a group of migrants attempted to cross the waterway between France and England, Camilla Tjelle Waage of the Norwegian local police said in a statement on Monday.

Body of 15-month-old Iranian boy washed up on Norwegian island months after smuggling ship capsized
A police photo shows clothes belonging to 18-month-old Iranian migrant boy, Artin Irannezhad, whose body washed up on the southwest coast of Norway on New Years Day.

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The Norwegian DNA results confirmed an earlier hypothesis that it was Artin and was helped by the child’s close relatives in the Scandinavian country.

“This story is tragic, but at least it’s good to be able to give an answer to the survivors,” Tjelle Waage said, adding that it was “a laborious process”.

For years, migrants attempted to reach Britain by crossing the English Channel – considered one of the busiest waterways in the world – in small, unseaworthy contraband boats.


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