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Toddler’s body washes up in Norway months after smuggling boat sank

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18-month old Iranian migrant boy Artin Irannezhad is seen in Dunkirk, France, October 17, 2020, before his family attempted to make the crossing to England in a smugglers boat, in a handout picture obtained by Reuters on June 7, 2021. Bruno Libbrecht/Allemaal Mensen/Handout/REUTERS

Copenhagen, Denmark — The body of a toddler that washed ashore on Norway’s southwest coast on January 1 has been identified. It’s a missing 15-month-old Iranian boy who died months earlier in the English Channel hundreds of miles away when the smuggling boat carrying him, his parents and siblings capsized, Norwegian police said.
 
After finding the body, police in Norway carried out DNA tests to establish the toddler’s identity. Their conclusion was that it was Artin Irannezhad, who disappeared 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 tried to cross the waterway from France to England, Camilla Tjelle Waage of the local police in Norway said in a statement on Monday.

Police handout photo shows belongings of an 18-month old migrant boy Artin Irannezhad
A police handout photo shows clothes belonging to the 18-month old Iranian migrant boy Artin Irannezhad, whose body washed up on the southwest coast of Norway on New Year’s Day. Norwegian Police/Handout via REUTERS

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

“This story is tragic, but at least it is good to be able to give the survivors an answer,” Tjelle Waage said, adding it was “a painstaking process.”
 
For years, migrants have attempted to reach Britain by crossing the English Channel — considered on one of the world’s busiest waterways — in small, unseaworthy smuggling boats.

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Original News : https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iranian-migrant-boy-artin-irannezhad-body-washes-up-norway-after-boat-capsize/

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