A week after a policeman was lost to sea in Addu atoll, Police stated that the joint search of Maldives Police Service and Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) is still ongoing.
Corporal Sumaid Mohamed, 27, of Hithadhoo island had gone fishing with two friends last week Sunday. According to his companions, Hussain Saeed and Ibrahim Naif of Feydhoo island, their 17 feet long dinghy had capsized after being struck by a large wave. The duo had survived after swimming to a nearby uninhabited island and later wader across to Shangri-La Resort to seek help.
According to the two men, Sumaid was last seen in the sea near the uninhabited island, Madihera. Sumaid’s mobile phone and fishing rod have been discovered from the uninhabited island while the “capsized” dinghy was also later found.
However, the dinghy still contained most of the objects stashed inside, thus leading to questions from Sumaid’s family whether the dinghy had truly been overturned.
Police have also admitted that they have yet to confirm whether it had “capsized” as claimed. The dinghy is currently in possession of the police.
Meanwhile, Police have deployed a special team in Addu to search for the missing Sumaid. The spokesperson of the Police stated that the team and MNDF have searched a large area of the surrounding ocean. Divers are also assisting in the search.