A man has died while taking part in a military training program in Addu City yesterday (February 23), local media reports.
Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) Media Officer Abdulla Ali told local media that the man, 24 year-old Ismail Habeeb of Seenu Feydhoo Dhunnikage, died whilst taking part in swimming training.
Local media reported that Habeeb had just completed his 200 metre swimming test before suddenly drowning as he touched the finish mark.
Ali said instructors had jumped in and taken him out of the water within five seconds, and took him to Hithadhoo Regional Hospital immediately.
The MNDF media officer said the hospital had confirmed Habeeb’s death, but said the official cause of death can only be confirmed after a review of the doctor’s reports.