The accident was the deadliest involving a migrant boat in the English Channel and most of its victims were Iraqi Kurds.
The accident on the English Channel also caused significant diplomatic tensions between London and Paris [Getty]
The 27 migrants who drowned when their boat sank in the English Channel last month while trying to reach Britain have now been identified, the Paris prosecutor’s office announced on Thursday.
The final identification made is that of a 29-year-old Vietnamese, the Paris authorities said.
Most of the victims of the boat crash were Iraqi Kurds, according to the 26 previous identifications. Four Afghan men, three Ethiopians, a Somali, an Egyptian and an Iranian Kurd were also drowned in the disaster.
The majority were men but seven women, a 16-year-old and a seven-year-old were also among the dead.
Authorities often have difficulty identifying deceased migrants because they lack official documents and their family members often have to travel from remote areas abroad to view the bodies.
The accident was the deadliest involving a migrant boat in the English Channel and highlighted the growing number of desperate people seeking to cross the narrow waterway between France and England.
It also caused significant diplomatic tensions between London and Paris.
Within 48 hours of the accident, French President Emmanuel Macron accused British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of not being “serious” in his approach to stopping the crossings.
France was angered by Johnson’s initial reaction, seen as shifting the blame to France, and then by his decision to write a letter to Macron which he posted in full on his Twitter account before the leader French does not receive it.
According to the investigation, the migrants left in an inflatable boat from Loon-Plage in northern France overnight.
After their boat capsized, only two men, an Iraqi Kurd and a Sudanese national, were rescued unharmed. according to the French Ministry of the Interior.
According to the Iraqi survivor, there were a total of 33 people on board.
French investigators are still trying to establish a clearer picture of what happened during the disaster.
They are investigating reports that the passengers phoned the French and British emergency services, calling for help when the ship began to sink.