Haldia (WB), June 04: The Chief Officer of
Kolkata-bound cargo ship M V Faiz, which caught fire and was
found adrift and abandoned on June two, was still missing as
its ten crew members rescued by the coastguard arrived here
onboard the CGS Chand Bibi today.
Coastguard commander, eastern region, Gurupesh Singh,
told a press conference here in the presence of the crew that
four skulls and charred bones, found on board, could be that
of captain P B Shelley, his wife Smita and their two children,
but this could be ascertained only after forensic examination.
Two human remains had been found on the gutted deck, and
two in the captain's cabin, he said. The remains of two found
on the deck could be that of the captain and his son, and the
other two those of his wife and daughter, Singh said.
Reconstructing the events, he said the fire had broken
out at 10:00 am on May 31 on board the 53 metre vessel which
had sailed from Yangon with a cargo of 800 tonne pulses.
A crew member, Rajiv Sinha said the missing chief officer
Rajiv Lahiri had jumped into the waters without a life jacket.
The coastguard was first informed by Pervez Rahman, the
managing director of the shipping company, which owned M V
Faiz on June one that it was 24 hours overdue.
The coastguard aircraft and vessels immediately began
search operations but the ship could not be located. The
operations were hampered by rough seas and poor visibility,
the CGS commander said.