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People onboard sinking Channel dinghy ‘tried to contact UK authorities’

Home Office acknowledges people involved in tragedy may have tried to call for help as investigations continue

The occupants of a boat which sank last week in the Channel causing the deaths of at least 27 people may have tried to contact the UK authorities, the Home Office has acknowledged.

Dan O’Mahoney – the clandestine channel threat commander – said he could not say with any certainty if those onboard had rung the UK for help. Speaking to parliament’s human rights committee, O’Mahoney said HM Coastguard was now investigating.

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