MNDF locates missing boat outside Addu

Boat 'Veena': The boat was reported missing to MNDF on March 10, 2021. (Photo/MNDF)

Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) has located a fishing boat which went missing while travelling from Hithadhoo district of Addu City to Huvadhoo Atoll.

The boat ‘Veena’ was tied behind the boat ‘Santana’ and went missing after the rope broke. There was no one on board the 45-foot boat when it went missing.

The boat was reported missing to MNDF at approximately 08:15 pm on Wednesday, prompting the MNDF Coastguard Southern Area Squadron to launch a search operation.

The boat was located 40 nautical miles to the west of Addu City during an aerial search using helicopter at approximately 09:58 am this Thursday.

MNDF said that the boat was located following continuous efforts by the boat owner and MNDF, and that the Coastguard are now en route to secure the boat.