Two injured in fire incident at sea

An engine caught on fire on a boat en route to Kulhudhufushi from Male’ at about 5pm today, injuring two passengers.

Local media outlets reports that the fire broke out aboard the ‘Raalhu’ vessel near Aarah in Male’ atoll. There were reportedly 175 passengers on board at the time.

According to the Maldives National Defence Force, an 80 year-old man broke his leg while a woman suffered minor burns.

The fire was put out at about 6.21pm and the boat was towed into the Male’ harbour around 6.30pm.

All passengers were evacuated and brought back to Male’ at 6.15pm.