Belagavi man waits for brave sailor-son’s return


There is a thin sliver of hope for the aged parents of 32-year-old Lt. Commander Y. Shishir Kumar.

There has been no news since Thursday of their son who was on board the Torpedo Recovery Vessel (TRV) A 72, which sunk off the Visakhapatnam Harbour.

The officer’s mother and brother have left for Vizag to be with his wife Rohini and their two-year-old son.

Lt. Commander Shishir Kumar’s father, Shivarudrappa Yadavappa Yadavannavar (75), who retired as havaldar from the Army Medical Corps, stayed back owing to his health condition.

A senior officer from the naval headquarters has informed Mr. Yadavannavar that his son went missing while saving the lives of those on board the ill-fated TRV. “I was very proud when I was told that Shishir had saved the life of his co-sailor while risking his own. He had handed his life vest to a civilian officer in the highest spirit of duty,” he said.

But, it makes him wonder why there were not enough life vests. “I cannot comment as I do not know what exactly happened there, but as a father I feel there should have been enough life vests on board. We would be orphaned without him. The family was largely dependent on Shishir. But, we are all proud of him,” Mr. Yadavannavar said. Mr. Yadavannavar, a native of Kulagaddi of Gokak taluk, said Lt. Commander Shishir Kumar wanted to join the Indian defence services since his school days. A student of Kendriya Vidyalaya No.2 and the Gogte Institute of Technology, Shishir Kumar joined the Indian Navy and was serving at Visakhapatnam.

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