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Seven fishermen aboard adrift Sri Lankan vessel rescued

Fathmath Shaahunaz
11 July 2018, MVT 16:58
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Fathmath Shaahunaz
11 July 2018, MVT 16:58

The Maldivian Coast Guard rescued seven people aboard a drifting Sri Lankan fishing vessel, and brought them to capital Male on Wednesday.

According to Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF), the engine of the vessel named "Sindoor 2" had stalled, leaving the boat adrift off the coast of Villingili in Gaafu Alif Atoll.

The vessel was spotted by local fishermen, who had reported the incident to the Coast Guard around 11 a.m. on Tuesday. MNDF added that the fishermen had also rushed to the aid of the drifting crew, providing them with water and food.

The Coast Guard rescued the crew of Sindoor 2 around 5:30 p.m. the same day. They were first taken to Thinadhoo in Gaafu Dhaal Atoll, before they were transferred to Male on Wednesday.

All seven of the crew members were reported to be in good health.

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