CHENNAI:The fate of the three crew members on board the Coast Guard Dornier has been all but sealed after the recovery of the flight data recorder, but the family members of co-pilot, deputy commandant Subash Suresh, remain confident that he would return safe and regale them with stories about this episode, as he always used to do.
According to one of the family members, they were more confident now, as only the FDR was found.
“As they found only the debris so far, we believe the crew members could have swam and reached the shores. They could be safe somewhere. His mother Padma is praying for his safe return,” said Subash’s cousin B Venkatesh, who was present at the officer’s home in Nanganallur on Friday night, just hours after the news of the FDR recovery broke.
Family members recalled how flying was his only passion, how eight out of 10 things he talked about centred on flying and aircraft, and how he played video games based on aircraft.
“We are eagerly waiting for him to come back and share with us stories about this, just like how he would always do. For instance, he was part of a rescue mission after a Somalian pirate attack. When he returned, he narrated the experiences during a wedding. He was known for such thrilling stories from his job, for which we now are anxiously waiting,” added Venkatesh, visibly-disturbed but still spirited enough.
With no other options left, the relatives have placed their faith on God, pointing out that Subash has always been a good human being who was concerned about others.
“So God will not be that bad to him. Our family believes in miracles; a few have happened, now we are waiting for one more. Ours is not just hope, but confidence that Subash and others are safe somewhere,” Venkatesh said.
Subash’s wife Deepalakshmi is at her native place and is likely to return home on Saturday.
Subash had his pilot training in PanAm International Flight Academy, US in 2008 and later joined the Indian Coast Guard. The couple has a one-year-old son, Ishant.