David Morris MP has tabled a Parliamentary motion demanding to know how many years those convicted of the cockle pickering disaster served in prison.
– Parliamentary motion by David Morris, MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale
That this House notes that Lin Liang Ren, Lin Mu Yong and Zhao Xiao Qing were all convicted for their involvement in the Morecambe Bay cockle pickers' disaster; further notes that the 10th anniversary of the disaster is in February 2014; considers that the people of Morecambe deserve to know how many years each served in prison in the UK; and further considers that the people of Morecambe deserve to know when they were deported and whether they are currently incarcerated in their native China._
Ten years on from the Morecambe cockling tragedy Elaine Willcox asks, how safe is our shoreline?
Today marks a decade since the tragedy that took the lives of 23 Chinese cockle pickers in Morecambe Bay.
They were working in the dark and faced a fast incoming tide. Emergency crews were called by one cockler who called 999 telling police: "Sinking water, many many, sinking water... Sinking water, sinking water."
Sadly only one cockle picker survived the disaster. The victims, aged between 18 and 45, were working for a gangmaster to send money back to their families.
Michael Guy from the RNLI was out that night he told us his crew were confronted with a "sea of bodies." He went on to say "it was something no one had come across so in reality it's one of those things that generates memories and we have to live with them."
Following a trial gangmaster Lin Liang Ren was jailed for 21 counts of manslaughter, facilitating illegal immigration and perverting the course of justice and sentenced to 14 years at Preston Crown court.
There has been no fishing in the bay for the past 5 years with fisherman in the area saying the tragedy also took their livelihoods. They claim if the beds were to re-open a similar disaster could happen again as the current permit system is not good enough to stop people cockling illegally.
Today marks 10 years since the Morecambe Bay cockle tragedy in which 23 Chinese cockle pickers lost their lives.
Michael Guy was working for the RNLI that night and was part of the rescue attempts. A decade on he told us about the "horrendous night" when he and his crew were confronted by a "sea of bodies."
With tides as high as a house that can sweep in as fast as a car, and quicksands capable of swallowing someone whole, Morecambe Bay is no place to put profit before people.
Ten years ago, a gangmaster did just that and killed 23 Chinese cockle pickers.
They were sent out with no knowledge of the area's hazards, no English-language skills, and - for some - no ability to swim.
A decade on, our correspondent Rob Smith has returned to the Bay to speak to those who tried to save the cocklers.