India ramps up efforts to find sailor missing in Iranian waters
Efforts have been ramped up to find an Indian sailor missing in Iranian waters since July 15, according to officials at the Consulate-General of India in Dubai, reports Khaleej Times.
The family of Aayush Chaudhary were told by his company that the sailor "fell off their ship and had been swept away by a wave".
The general cargo vessel Pink Rose is registered in Tanzanian and is owned by a Panama-based company Falling Star Shipping.
"We have received no fresh information about Chaudhary's status. However, the diplomatic missions have confirmed that Iranian officials received a distress call from the ship on July 15, immediately after the incident took place," an official at the consulate in Dubai said.
An official from the consulate said they have been in touch with their counterparts in the Indian embassy in Tehran, as well as the consulate in Bandar Abbas.
Iranian officials told Indian diplomats that the incident took place during high tide, and they were working hard to find him.
"All due processes for rescue operations were followed. A helicopter was dispatched on July 15 and two search-and-rescue boats were used to search for the sailor on July 16 and 17."
The Indian consulate in Dubai has confirmed that Mutawasit Marine Services - the shipping company that Chaudhary reportedly worked for - was only the vessel's agent.
Calls made to the firm went unanswered.