Body of AP student who died in US to be brought home this week
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 07, 2010, 00:28
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 week.

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 University.


First Published: Tuesday, September 07, 2010, 00:28

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