President Solih visits the people injured in the fire who are hospitalized at IGMH.
President Solih thanks the firefighters for their quick response to the fire and their success in preventing a greater disaster.
He also reiterated the government’s commitment to doing everything in its power towards preventing such fires from repeating.
Three crew members of Nevi-3 sustained burn injuries in the fire. All three are residents of A. A. Ukulhas. Both the families of the three men and the owner of Nevi-3 are en route to Male’.
PRESIDENT VISITS SCENE OF FIRE
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has arrived at the scene of the fire at the T-Jetty. Defense Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi and Home Minister Sheikh Imran Abdulla are also at the scene.
MNDF says the fire has been completely suppressed. One speedboat and at least three fuel bowsers were damaged beyond repair in the fire. It also resulted in injuries to nine, seven of whom sustained burn injuries.
There is currently no sign of flames. Speedboat Nevi-3 is currently completely submerged, and the fire on the three fuel bowsers have been put out.
SPEEDBOAT AFFECTED BELONGS TO A. A. UKULHAS
Vice president of A. A. Rasdhoo Council, Abdulla Anil told Sun that the speedboat affected in the fire, Nevi-3, belonged to a resident of A. A. Ukulhas who owns two more speedboats.
According to Anil, Nevi-3 had been the largest in his fleet.
He said that four of the speedboat’s crew were injured in the fire – all of them residents of Ukulhas.
miyadh ge haadhisaagai andhaa alhiyahvi loanch! ???? pic.twitter.com/ZeUilYAJGs— Aneil Anni (@AnilAnnii) September 30, 2019
IGMH: 7 HOSPITALIZED WITH BURN INJURIES
IGMH says total nine people were taken to the hospital in the fire, seven of whom sustained burn injuries. Two of the injured are expatriate workers.
IGMH says none of the patients are in critical condition.
MNDF confirms the speedboat which caught on fire has sunk into the lagoon.
Health Protection Agency advises nearby residences to close doors and windows to prevent smoke inhalation.
MNDF firefighters have put out the fires on the two fuel bowsers which first caught fire.
Sun’s journalist at the scene reports seeing the fire spread to a third fuel bowser.
Defense Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi is currently at the scene to observe the efforts to control the fire.
MNDF: 90 PERCENT OF FIRE UNDER CONTROL
MNDF says that 90 percent of the fire is presently under control. The fire had affected two fuel bowsers and one speedboat.
MNDF ISSUES INSTRUCTIONS
MNDF has instructed for unmanned fuel bowsers to be moved out of harm’s way. Many of the fuel bowsers have been moved away.
Firefighters have controlled the fire on the speedboat. However, the fuel bowsers continue to burn.
FOAM TO BE USED TO SUPPRESS FIRE
MNDF firefighters have begun using foam to suppress the fire. Other boats and vehicles have been moved out of harm's way.
TWO FUEL BOWSERS, ONE SPEEDBOAT ON FIRE
Sun’s journalist at the scene reports at least two fuel bowsers are on fire, in addition to the speedboat.
FIVE HOSPITALIZED WITH BURNS, ONE CRITICALLY INJURED
Five people have been taken to IGMH with burns. The police report that one of them sustained extensive burn injuries.
MNDF says the burning speedboat has been moved away from other boats and isolated.
FIRE NOT UNDER CONTROL
MNDF reports its firefighters haven’t managed to control the fire as of yet. A thick cloud of smoke continues to rise from the burning fuel bowser and speedboat.
NEARBY BOATS MOVED OUT OF HARM’S WAY
Sun’s photojournalist at the scene, Fayaz Moosa says efforts are being made to move other boats away from the burning speedboat as a safety precaution.