Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: Parents of a man from Kasaragod are going through anxious moments as they have received information that their son, a sailor onboard a merchant vessel, is missing from the ship bound to China from the United States. Authorities of Marlow Navigation, for which Pradeep Raj (26) is working, sent a telegram to his father, Nagesh Chettiyar, at Kudlu near Kasaragod on May 1, stating that Mr. Raj was missing from the merchant vessel Eltanin.

The ship had left the United States on April 6.

Sridhar, Mr. Raj’s uncle, who resides at Kodical in Mangalore, told The Hindu that Mr. Raj had spoken to his parents over phone on April 24. He had told his parents that the ship would reach China on May 13.

The company sent another telegram to Mr. Chettiyar on May 2 stating that a U.S. Coast Guard aircraft had conducted a search for Mr. Raj and the operation would continue.

Later the company authorities had said that further investigation would be done after the ship reached China, Mr. Sridhar said.