Family members of a Virar-based merchant navy officer, who is one of the Indian crew members who went missing after their cargo ship sank in the Pacific off the Philippines earlier this month, met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj seeking her help to trace him.
The family members of Rajesh Nair, who was the captain of the ship, met Ms. Swaraj in Delhi on 27th Oct after the Maritime Union of India (MUI) facilitated the meeting.
On October 13, the 33,205-tonne cargo ship, Emerald Star, with 26 Indian nationals on board sank off Okinawa. While 16 Indians were rescued, a search for the missing crew members was launched by Indian missions in the Philippines, Japan and China.
Amar Singh Thakur, MUI general secretary, said, “Mr. Nair’s wife and sister met Ms. Swaraj and requested her to help find him … Sushmaji was kind enough not only to brief them about the measures taken up by the Indian missions in a few countries, but also assured them to do every bit to trace him.”