Andaman sailor among 10 still missing after Emerald Star capsize

Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
16 Oct 2017

Of the 26 Indian crew members on board the ill-fated cargo vessel Emerald Star which sank in the Pacific off Philippines last Friday, 16 have been rescued during SAR operations launched in the region while efforts are on to locate the remaining 10 still missing. Among them is Fourth Engineer, Subbiah Suresh Kumar, a native of Dairyfarm, Japan Road here. Speaking to EOI, Smt Meena, wife of Late Subhaiah and mother of Subbiah Suresh Kumar, said that she is continuously monitoring updates about the capsized vessel and that she is hopeful her son will be rescued by the agencies.
Emerald Star was carrying minerals from Hong Kong to Indonesia, when it capsized. Two patrol boats and three planes of Japanese Coast Guard are currently undertaking search and rescue operations to locate 10 Indian sailors The P-81 patrol aircraft dispatched on Sunday night carried two search and rescue kits which contain inflatable dinghies and emergency food and water supply, which can be dropped near survivors.
According to the External Affairs Ministry, others still missing after the mishap are Captain Nair Rajesh Ramachandran, Second Officer Rahul Kumar, Third Officer Subramaniam Giridhar Kumar, Chief Engineer Rajput Shyam Singh, Junior Engineer Chauhan Ashok Kumar, Perumalsamy Gurumurthy, Malavaranan Silambarasan, Murugan Gowtham and Bevin Thomas.