Sailor missing from cargo boat which sank off Gan found dead

MNDF officers work to put out a fire on board cargo boat 'Vindhu' on August 10, 2020. (Photo/MNDF)

The sailor reported missing from a cargo boat off L. Gan which sank after a fire incident has been found dead.

Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) initiated a search for the sailor, identified as a foreign national, at approximately 03:00 pm this Monday.

MNDF spokesperson confirms divers recovered the sailor’s body from 48 meters underwater at approximately 05:14 pm.

The body of the deceased has been taken to the Gan Regional Hospital.

The cargo boat ‘Vindhu’ was travelling three nautical miles to the west of Gan when it caught on fire and sank. The boat was travelling with 10 crew members; one Maldivian and nine foreigners.