Ferry collision injures five

Five people received minor injuries in a collision between two ferry services travelling to and from the the islands of Hulhumale’ and Hulhule’ this afternoon, police have confirmed.

According to local media reports, the two boats collided when the Hulhule’ ferry, which transports passengers to the island housing Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA), was leaving the Male’ terminal area. The Hulhumale’ ferry was reported to be trying to enter the same area at the time.

Police told local media that there were no major casualties reported. All those injured were taken to ADK Hospital.

Just last month, a Finnish tourist was killed and nine people were injured after a collision between two speed boats not far from Male’.

The incident led to the temporary suspension of an express speedboat service between Hulhumale’ and Male’ operated by the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC).

The services were restarted later the same month follow a review of guest safety procedures.