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7 Arrested in Drownings of Chinese Workers

From Times Wire Reports

Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in the deaths of 19 Chinese workers who drowned while searching for shellfish in a notoriously dangerous English bay, police said.

The deaths of the cockle pickers at Morecambe Bay has highlighted the exploitation of immigrants in the multimillion-dollar shellfish industry, leading to calls for tighter regulation.

Lancashire police said five people arrested Sunday were among the reported 16 survivors of the mass drowning. Two men gave themselves up a day later. No charges have been filed.


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