Missing South Korean tourist found dead off Gaagandu

Coast Guard divers. (File Photo/MNDF)

A tourist reported missing after going freediving off the north-western end of Farukolhufushi has been found dead.

The tourist, identified by Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) as a 49-year-old South Korean, was reported missing to the MNDF Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Coordination Center at 11:05 am Tuesday.

A team of divers from the MNDF Coast Guard Second Squadron was deployed to search for the tourist.

MNDF said the divers found the body of the missing tourist 30 meters underwater, near the reef to the south of K. Gaagandu at 11:50 am.

The divers retrieved the body and transported it to Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in Male’ City at 12:21 pm.