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Search party discover possible engine cover of capsized dinghy

Ahmed Aiham
07 January 2020, MVT 22:03
The piece of wreckage collected by search parties. PHOTO: MALDIVES NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE
Ahmed Aiham
07 January 2020, MVT 22:03

Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) on Tuesday, revealed that it had discovered a piece of wreckage from the speedboat collision on January 2nd.

The wreckage was part of the dinghy that 41-year old Nasrulla Abdulla was aboard before he went missing. The debris was collected 40 metres below the surface and 0.35 nautical miles west of Dhonfanu, Baa Atoll.

First responders on-site at the accident stated that the dinghy lacked navigational lights.

According to Captain Ahmed Zaheen, who commandeered the first vessel to arrive on scene, "It had no navigational lights. I asked the person driving the dinghy and he said it does not have any navigation".

Authorities are still conducting the search for Nasrulla.

Maldives Police Service stated that the man was aboard the dinghy travelling from Dharavandhoo, Baa Atoll, when it crashed into a speedboat from Eydhafushi in the same Atoll.

A total of three passengers were travelling on the dinghy when it hit the speedboat.

Eydhafushi Council President Mabrook Naseer said that an expatriate crewmember aboard the speedboat lost a large part of his left ear during the ordeal. Further, The speedboat's Captain Mohamed Mustafa suffered serious injuries to the head and face, and is being treated at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital. Initially treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) he is now transferred to the wards and is awaiting a surgical procedure to treat his orbital fracture.

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