Marine Police and Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) officers were today collecting thousands of cans of beer found floating in the sea on the west side of Male’.
According to the statement issued by police, so far 14,548 cans of beer have been taken from the sea, with more continuing to be found.
Police initially received a report yesterday afternoon at 1:00pm that a dhoni named ‘Azum’ had tipped off balance near Male’, and some beer cases on the vessel had fallen into the sea.
However, a police media official later told media that the earlier statement was a mistake, and said police have been unable to determine the owner of the beer cans or how they were lost.
A police media official stated that police were still trying to determine whether the beer was dumped intentionally.
Marine police are patrolling around Male’ to pick up the floating beer cans.
‘’No one has claimed responsibility for this nor have they admitted the cans belong to them,’’ a police media officer told Minivan News.
Possession and consumption of alcohol is illegal outside resort islands and licensed safari boats in the Maldives.