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‘We were not as brave’: Woman drowned in Channel trying to save baby and fellow migrants

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Author- Lisa Holland, senior news correspondent and Tom Acres, news reporter

An Iranian woman who drowned during an ill-fated journey across the Channel was a “very brave girl” who died trying to save her fellow passengers, a survivor from the boat has told Sky News.

Mitra Mehrad went missing in August after boarding a small dinghy of 19 migrants, including a young child and a baby, seeking a new life in the UK.

She is thought to be the first person to have died at sea while making the crossing from France and one of her friends has told Sky News of her brave efforts to help others on board.

Speaking for the first time about the journey, fellow passenger Ahmed Nadi has revealed how his friend dived into the water to try to reach a rescue rope from another boat as their vessel began to sink.

“Mitra was trying so hard to keep her head above the water,” he said.

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