Visakhapatnam: The parents of the Indian
student from Visakhapatnam, who died in the US in a water
rafting accident, are hoping to receive his body later this
Samuel Smiles, father of Joseph Smiles, said today
that he is in touch with the Telugu Association of North
America (TANA) and was told that the body may arrive at
Hyderabad or Visakhapatnam by this week.
"We are in touch with Prasad Thotakura of TANA. We hope
to receive the body by Thursday or Friday," he said.
The city police said they have written to the External
Affairs Ministry over the matter.
A pall of gloom descended on the residence of Joseph at
Lawsons Bay Colony here following his death. Relatives and
family friends called on the parents of the 24-year-old
student to console them.
Joseph, a Masters student of engineering at the Louisiana
State University (LSU) who was rafting drowned last week after
his boat flipped and capsized in the Mississippi river.
Joseph had gone to Mississippi along with eight friends
to experience a Canoe trip.
According to police, Joseph was not wearing a life jacket
at the time of the accident.
Joseph had gone to the US in January 2009 after obtaining
a B Tech from MVGR Engineering College, Vijayanagaram and was
in the last semester of his course.
Joseph is survived by his father Samuel, a senior
official at the PSU Bharat Heavy Plates and Vessels Ltd
(BHPV), and mother Hemalatha, a Professor at Andhra