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Woman behind harrowing texts confirmed dead

A Vietnamese woman who sent her family a series of harrowing messages from the container in which 39 migrants were found dead has been confirmed as one of the deceased.

Pham Thi Tra My (26) was last heard from on October 22 when she sent her mother a message saying: "I am really, really sorry, Mum and Dad, my trip to a foreign land has failed.

"I am dying, I can't breathe. I love you very much Mum and Dad. I am sorry, Mother."

Her father, Pham Van Thin, has now confirmed his daughter is among the dead.

"The news that my daughter died in England is true. It is very painful," he told Vietnam's Tuoi Tre newspaper.

Once her body has been returned to Vietnam, Ms Tra My's parents said she will be buried in their home town in the Can Loc district in Ha Tinh province.

Another Vietnamese citizen, 20-year-old Nguyen Dinh Luong, has also been confirmed to be among the dead.

Le Thi Thu Hang, a spokeswoman for Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, sent her sympathies to the victims, adding: "This is a serious humanitarian tragedy.

"We are deeply saddened by the incident and wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims' families.

"We wish they may soon overcome those tremendous pain and losses."

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