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.


Coastguard rescues crew of capsized boat

The coastguard of the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) rescued three crewmen of a boat that capsized around 3:00am this morning.

According to MNDF, the “Sharaf 4” 83-foot long boat was carrying wood and timber from Male’ when it encountered rough seas en route to the south and capsized in the Kaafu Vaadhoo sea.

The three crewmen – two Maldivians and one foreigner – was rescued at sea by the coastguard and brought back to Male’.

Divers from the coastguard has meanwhile been dispatched to help recover the submerged vessel.

As the cargo of the boat was lost at sea, the coastguard has appealed vessels traveling through the Vaadhoo sea to be wary of floating wood.