British police have released the names of the 39 Vietnamese people, found dead in a lorry near London, among them were ten teenagers, two aged just 15.

The names of the 39 Vietnamese found dead in the back of a lorry in Grays, near London, have been released by the British police. The deceased, discovered on Oct 23, were made up of 31 males and eight women, including ten teenagers. Two were aged 15, another was 17, while the oldest among the dead was 44.

Police have said consultations have begun with Hanoi over the repatriation of the bodies. 

Assistant Chief Constable of Essex Police, Tim Smith, told RTÉ, "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.

"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."

Her Majesty's Senior Coroner, 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."

The cause of death of the 39 victims is yet to be disclosed. However, the Daily Mail reports that the container was air-tight.

The deceased were found in the back of a lorry not long after it arrived in Britain, at Purfleet port, Essex, from Zeebrugge, in Belgium. The contain had just arrived at Purfleet port but the truck is believed to have been driven from Ireland. 

Northern Irish and Vietnamese arrests

Eight people have been arrested in connection to this crime in Vietnam.

Two Irishmen, Mo Robinson (25), from Laurelvale in County Armagh and  Eamon Harrison (23), from Mayobridge, County Down were both drivers who transported the container in question. They have both been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering.

A photo of Mo Robinson, taken from his Facebook page.

A photo of Mo Robinson, taken from his Facebook page.

Also, an Irish couple Joanna and Thomas Maher, now living in Warrington in England, was arrested but have since been released. 

Police are still searching for County Armagh brothers Ronan Hughes (40), who also goes by the name Rowan, and his brother Christopher (34).

Read more: Ireland shamed by the death of 39 people, smuggling victims

"The poisoned coast"

The vast majority of the victims were from the poverty-stricken provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh, in Vietnam. These two coastal districts, on the Gulf of Tonkin between Vietnam and China, were once considered one of the world's richest fishing grounds.

However, three years ago a toxic spill destroyed stocks. The incident earned the area the nickname of "the poisoned coast." 

People traffickers charge up to £30,000 per person for those seeking a better life to be smuggled abroad. 

Buddhist monks pray at a makeshift shrine in the home of Pham Thi Tra My, one of the 39 who died in a people-smuggling tragedy, discovered in Essex, England.

Buddhist monks pray at a makeshift shrine in the home of Pham Thi Tra My, one of the 39 who died in a people-smuggling tragedy, discovered in Essex, England.

Here is a full list of the 39 victims discovered on Oct 23: 

Pham Thi Tra My, a 26-year-old woman from Ha Tinh

Nguyen Dinh Lurong, a 20-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Nguyen Huy Phong, a 35-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Vo Nhan Du, a 19-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Tran Manh Hung, a 37-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Tran Khanh Tho, an 18-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Vo Van Linh, a 25-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Nguyen Van Nhan, a 33-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Bui Phan Thang, a 37-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Nguyen Huy Hung, a 15-year-old boy from Ha Tinh

Tran Thi Tho, a 21-year-old woman from Nghe An

Bui Thi Nhung, a 19-year-old woman from Nghe An

Vo Ngoc Nam, a 28-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Dinh Tu, a 26-year-old man from Nghe An

Le Van Ha, a 30-year-old man from Nghe An

Tran Thi Ngoc, a 19-year-old woman from Nghe An

Nguyen Van Hung, a 33-year-old man from Nghe An

Hoang Van Tiep, an 18-year-old man from Nghe An

Cao Tien Dung, a 37-year-old man from Nghe An

Cao Huy Thanh, a 33-year-old man from Nghe An

Tran Thi Mai Nhung, an 18-year-old woman from Nghe An

Nguyen Minh Quang, a 20-year-old man from Nghe An

Le Trong Thanh, a 44-year-old man from Dien Chau

Pham Thi Ngoc Oanh, a 28-year-old woman from Nghe An

Hoang Van Hoi, a 24-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Tho Tuan, a 25-year-old man from Nghe An

Dang Huu Tuyen, a 22-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Trong Thai, a 26-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Van Hiep, a 24-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Thi Van, a 35-year-old woman from Nghe An

Tran Hai Loc, a 35-year-old man from Nghe An

Duong Minh Tuan, a 27-year-old man from Quang Binh

Nguyen Ngoc Ha, a 32-year-old man from Quang Binh

Nguyen Tien Dung, a 33-year-old man from Quang, Binh

Phan Thi Thanh, a 41-year-old woman from Hai Phong

Nguyen Ba Vu Hung, a 34-year-old man from Thua Tien Hue

Dinh Dinh Thai Quyen, an 18-year-old man from Hai Phong

Tran Ngoc Hieu, a 17-year-old boy from Hai Duong

Dinh Dinh Binh, a 15-year-old boy from Hai Phong

Read more: Irishman released without charge after 15 people found in lorry in England

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