MNDF assists Sri Lankan boat in distress

Photo shows an MNDF Coastguard boat arriving back in the capital Male' city. MNDF captured seven Sri Lankan boats illegally fishing in Maldivian waters on November 22, 2019.

MNDF assisted a Sri Lankan fishing boat stranded at sea after engine trouble.

The fishing boat was drifting east of Dhiffushi when reports of a boat in distress were received by the authorities. MNDF information officer Maj. Ibrahim Azim stated that the information that a fishing boat was drifting around 199 nautical miles east of Male’ city was received around 17:00 yesterday.

Maj. Azim stated that the coastguard’s Izzudhdheen vessel was dispatched and would reach the location around 21:30 last night. The condition of everyone on the fishing boat was also well, according to Maj. Azim.