A month after MV Emerald Star with 26 Indians sank off the coast of Philippines in the Pacific Ocean, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said an unidentified body with a life jacket marking Emerald Star was found on October 28.

The 33,205-tonne Emerald Star had sunk in the Pacific Ocean after a typhoon on October 13. Sixteen of the 26 Indians on board were rescued. The Indian Navy had joined Philippines and Japan in the rescue operations to find the missing sailors.

Swaraj said in a tweet that the Philippines Coast Guard had now informed New Delhi that an unidentified body was found on October 28 on the island city of Banua. However, since the body was decomposed, it was buried on the island.

“I have asked Indian Ambassador in Manila that the body be exhumed and brought to Manila for identification by DNA,” Swaraj said on Twitter.