Police are searching for two tourists who reportedly went missing on the Adaaran Hudhuranfushi resort on Lhohifushi Island.
Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam confirmed that police had received a report of the missing tourists, but could not provide any further details.
Local newspaper Haveeru has reported that the missing couple were Japanese, however this was not confirmed by police.
The two tourists were reported to have been last seen at dinner on Tuesday night, but it was believed that had not returned to their villa afterwards, Haveeru reported.
The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) is on standby to begin a search effort at sea if police and resort management were unsuccessful in locating the guests.
“We’re usually tasked to search for people who go missing while they’re at sea. We’re ready to search the resort’s lagoon if the police fail to find them from the island,” an MNDF official said.
Minivan News contacted the resort to clarify the story but was referred to its head office in Male, which had closed for the day.