Boat tied to liveaboard vessel goes missing off Kurendhoo

A fishing boat tied to a liveaboard vessel has been reported missing in Lh. Atoll after the rope broke, prompting a search operation by Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) Coastguard.

MNDF identified the missing boat as “Maakoni”, a 23-feet reef fishing boat which had been tied to a liveaboard vessel traveling from Male’ City to Soneva Jani - a luxury resort in N. Atoll.

The boat went missing a mile off the coast of Lh. Kurendhoo.

The fishing boat "Maakoni" was reported missing on May 31, 2022. (Photo/MNDF)

The incident was reported at 10:35 pm on Tuesday.

MNDF said that the Coastguard first squadron and the boat’s owner had launched a search operation to locate the boat.

They have asked vessels traveling in the area and neighboring islands to keep an eye out for the boat.

MNDF has asked anyone with information regarding the boat to contact the Coastguard at its toll free number 191 or 3395981 or 3398898.