Fourteen individuals have been injured in a dangerous marine accident that occurred Tuesday night when a speedboat crashed into a fishing boat near One & Only Reethi Rah resort in Kaafu atoll
According to Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF)’s Coast Guard, the injured 14 were all from the speedboat which was travelling from Summer Island Resort. All fourteen were taken to ADK Hospital in capital Male for treatment.
Without disclosing details, the Managing Director of ADK Ahmed Afaal stated that two among the injured are in serious condition with internal damages. One of them suffered a serious head injury and has undergone surgery. Afaal added that four people are now being treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while the hospital has since discharged seven of the injured.
According to a staff of Summer Island who was present at ADK at the time, the injured include four section managers of the resort.
Some of the people injured were unable to walk and heavily bleeding while taken to the hospital.
According to MNDF, the fishing boat which got hit by the speedboat did not have its navigation lights on and, thus, the captain of the speedboat had not seen the boat in time.
The Minister of Defence Adam Shareef was also present at ADK Hospital at the time and told reporters that the injured people were brought in speedboats from Souvenir and Summer Island Resort.
Maldives Police Service have begun investigation into the accident.