A young woman killed in the Channel tragedy messaged her fiance in the UK on Snapchat telling him that their boat was deflating and filling with water.

Maryam Nuri Mohamed Amin, 24, was the first confirmed victim after 27 migrants died off the coast of France on Wednesday.

Maryam, a student, had left her studies in Iraq to try and be with Mohammed, a Kurdish immigrant, in the UK, according to reports.

Her partner, Mohammed Karzan, has told how he was in contact with his wife-to-be as the tragedy unfolded in rough water.

He was in touch with her on Snapchat, following her progress with a GPS signal and when it vanished he realised the tragedy that he had lost his partner.

A damaged inflatable dinghy was seen on Loon Beach, the day after the tragedy (

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Mr Karzan told the BBC how she messaged him to say that the boat was filling with water but told him not to worry as they would be rescued.

But help came too late, and she and 17 men, six other women - one of whom was pregnant - and three children died, while just two people survived.

“She is not in the UK, which means that she is gone. It is very sad for me, and for everyone,” Mr Karzan told the Telegraph.

“I had continuous contact with my wife and I was tracking her live GPS. After 4 hours and 18 minutes from the moment she went into that boat, I think they were in the middle of the sea, then I lost her."

Now she reportedly will be buried in Irbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq after her body was identified by a friend of her partner.

Mr Karzan told The Times : "It’s a truly horrible thing. It is very hard for us to talk about it."

Wednesday’s tragedy claimed the lives of 17 men, seven women – including a pregnant woman – and three children, according to authorities.

A joint search and rescue operation by the French and British authorities that was launched after a fishing boat spotted people in the sea was called off late on Wednesday.

The French authorities have arrested five suspected people traffickers in connection with the incident.

The Dover Strait is the busiest shipping lane in the world and many people have perished trying to cross to Britain in inflatable dinghies.

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