Man on foreign tanker falls sick, evacuated to Feydhoo

Coastguard evacuates a sailor on MT New Melody to Feydhoo, Addu City, for emergency medical treatment on June 28, 2021. (Photo/MNDF)

A man on a foreign crude oil tanker who fell ill and required emergency medical treatment has been evacuated to Addu City.

The man, identified as a 27-year-old Chinese national, is a crew member of the crude oil tanker MT New Melody, which was travelling from United States to Taiwan.

According to Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) spokesperson Major Ibrahim Azim, the MNDF Maritime Rescue Coordination Center received a distress call seeking assistance to evacuate the man in need of emergency medical treatment at approximately 09:58 pm on Saturday, June 26.

After seeking necessary authorization from authorities, the tanker was instructed to travel to a location eight nautical miles to the east of Addu’s Gan district.

MNDF Southern Area Coastguard Squadron met the tanker at the location, and evacuated the man to Feydhoo district on a speedboat.

The speedboat carrying the man arrived in Feydhoo at approximately 11:27 am this Monday, said MNDF.