ESSEX Police have released details of the 39 people whose bodies were found in a container shipped from Zeebrugge in Belgium to Essex in the UK.
Formal identification has been established via an Identification Commission, overseen by Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Essex, Mrs Caroline Beasley-Murray.
The senior officer in overall charge of the enquiry Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith said:
“This was an incredibly important process and our team has been working hard to bring answers to worried families who fear their loved one may be among those whose tragic journey ended on our shores.
“Our priority has been to identify the victims, to preserve the dignity of those who have died and to support the victims’ friends and families.
“It remained of paramount importance to us to ensure that an individual’s next of kin were informed, and that they were given some time to absorb this tragic news before we publicly confirmed their loved one’s identity.
“We have worked closely with the National Crime Agency, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Vietnamese Authorities to identify and locate their families.
Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner, Mrs Caroline Beasley-Murray said:
“May I take this opportunity to offer my deepest condolences to the victims’ families. My thoughts are with them at this unimaginably difficult time.”
We can confirm having liaised with the Vietnamese authorities that the people who died were:
Pham Thi Tra My 26-year-old woman from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Dinh Lurong 20-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Huy Phong 35-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Vo Nhan Du 19-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Tran Manh Hung 37-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Tran Khanh Tho 18-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Vo Van Linh 25-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Van Nhan 33-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Bui Phan Thang 37-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Huy Hung 15-year-old boy from Ha Tinh
Tran Thi Tho 21-year-old woman from Nghe An
Bui Thi Nhung 19-year-old woman from Nghe An
Vo Ngoc Nam 28-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Dinh Tu 26-year-old man from Nghe An
Le Van Ha 30-year-old man from Nghe An
Tran Thi Ngoc 19-year-old woman from Nghe An
Nguyen Van Hung 33-year-old man from Nghe An
Hoang Van Tiep 18-year-old man from Nghe An
Cao Tien Dung 37-year-old man from Nghe An
Cao Huy Thanh 33-year-old man from Nghe An
Tran Thi Mai Nhung 18-year-old woman from Nghe An
Nguyen Minh Quang 20-year-old man from Nghe An
Le Trong Thanh 44-year-old man from Dien Chau
Pham Thi Ngoc Oanh 28-year-old woman from Nghe An
Hoang Van Hoi 24-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Tho Tuan 25-year-old man from Nghe An
Dang Huu Tuyen 22-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Trong Thai 26-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Van Hiep 24-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Thi Van 35-year-old woman from Nghe An
Tran Hai Loc 35-year-old man from Nghe An
Duong Minh Tuan 27-year-old man from Quang Binh
Nguyen Ngoc Ha 32-year-old man from Quang Binh
Nguyen Tien Dung 33-year-old man from Quang, Binh
Phan Thi Thanh 41-year-old woman from Hai Phong
Nguyen Ba Vu Hung 34-year-old man from Thua Tien Hue
Dinh Dinh Thai Quyen 18-year-old man from Hai Phong
Tran Ngoc Hieu 17-year-old boy from Hai Duong
Dinh Dinh Binh 15-year-old boy from Hai Phong
Consultation is underway with regard to the repatriation of those who have died, with the Vietnamese and UK governments working together to achieve this.
The Identification Commission
The Identification Commission’s purpose is to establish whether there is sufficient evidence to confirm someone’s identity, and is made up of a series of processes which include but are not limited to fingerprints, DNA, medical or dentistry documentation and distinctive markings such as tattoos and scars.
It is for HM Senior Coroner to set the criteria which must be met before they are satisfied that a formal identification can be made.
Essex Police are aware that there have been extensive media briefings in Vietnam and this has understandably been of significant interest.
The Government, the National Crime Agency, foreign police forces and Essex Police have worked with HM Senior Coroner to make sure that every detail has been verified in order to maintain the dignity of those who have died and to show respect for their families and friends.