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Speedboat capsize kills 5

Ahmed Aiham
29 August 2019, MVT 15:56
The speedboat that capsized, pictured in December 2018. PHOTO: MIHAARU FILES
Ahmed Aiham
29 August 2019, MVT 15:56

A speedboat which departed from Nolhivaranfaru in Haa, Dhaalu, on Thursday, capsized off the coast of Hanimaadhoo, killing five.

Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF)'s Spokesperson Major Ibrahim Azim revealed that the surviving five passengers were transported to Hanimaadhoo and is undergoing treatment at the health centre.

Nolhivaranfaru Council Vice President Ahmed Waheed noted the boat was reported missing at 1147 hrs, when it failed to arrive on schedule. However, the boat was discovered to have capsized when a survivor swam to Hanimaadhoo and reported the matter.

Out of the 10 passengers, the victims include a family of four and an additional woman.

According to local media Mihaaru, the family of four were identified as an elderly couple, their daughter and their grandchild. The man was the longest-serving teacher on Nolhinvaranfaru.

Miniter of Education Aishath Ali, tweets regarding the fatal incident. PHOTO: TWITTER

MNDF noted that passengers travelled without life vests.

A yellow alert was issued by the Maldives Meteorological Services (MET) when the incident occured.

The national airline 'Maldivian' has cancelled all flights to Hanimaadhoo International Airport due to unfavourable weather.

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