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Police stops dinghy carrying missing woman’s sister

11 March 2019, MVT 13:30
Aminath Shifa Nafiz, 19, went missing on February 22, 2019, after the dinghy she was travelling in capsized in Laamu Atoll.
11 March 2019, MVT 13:30

The Police, on Sunday, halted a dinghy which was boarded by the younger sister of missing local Aminath Shima Nafiz.

In addition to the 16-year old, there were three men including Ibrahim Fazeel who was involved in the incident which led to Shima’s disappearance in the vessel.

Police revealed that the dinghy that was travelling from Maamendhoo was stopped near Six Senses Laamu.

However, Police said that they would only be able to disclose information once further details were received.

Shima Nafiz, 19, was travelling from Kadhdhoo, Laamu Atoll, to Maamendhoo, Gaafu Alif Atoll with Fazeel on February 22, when the small boat capsized in the Gaadhoo channel.

Shima was lost, while Fazeel was able to swim to nearby resort, Six Senses Laamu.

According to Fazeel, before he swimming towards the resort he handed his longtime friend Shima a phone and an empty petrol tank to hold on to. He claims that he was attempting to seek help.

Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) and the island council of Maamendhoo are still carrying out search and rescue efforts to locate Shima.