MNDF cautions travelers to be wary of Dharavandhoo’s sunken cargo vessel

Rescued Kurimagu's passengers and crew disembark on Eydhafushi. PHOTO: Rifath

Rescued Kurimagu’s passengers and crew disembark on Eydhafushi. PHOTO: Rifath

 

The Maldives’ military, Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) last night cautioned travelers to be wary of Baa atoll Dharavandhoo island’s Kurimagu boat which sank 18 nautical miles off the atoll’s capital Eydhafushi island’s southeastern coast yesterday morning while arriving from the federal capital Male’ with cargo.

The 10 people on board were rescued and brought to Eydhafushi yesterday afternoon by a speedboat from Dusit Thani Maldives resort in the atoll, who found all of them floating in the sea wearing life jackets. All of them are in good health and two were women while one was a child not even one year old.

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Kurimagu, loaded with commodities owned by merchants from the atoll’s Dharavandhoo, Eydhafushi and Maalhos islands, completely sank into North Male’ atoll Kaashidhoo island’s notorious Kaashidhoo Channel after flooding when the vessel’s engine stopped, according to its skipper. Maldives Police Service (MPS) quoted the captain as saying that the boat flooded due to the rough sea during the prevailing bad weather.

MNDF’s Coast Guard especially cautioned travelers to be aware of the sunken boat while traveling at night.

Coast Guard appealed to the public to contact its toll free line 191 or the numbers 3395981 and 3398898 if they have any information about the boat.

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