A boat registered to N. Landhoo that was carrying passengers and cargo from to Male’ City to N. Atoll sank on Wednesday, after it ran aground the K. Gaafaru reef.
Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) said the incident was reported to the Maritime Rescue and Coordination Center at 10:55 am.
A team from the Coast Guard are traveling to the area, said MNDF.
Gaafaru councilor Mohamed Sam’an told Sun that the people on the boat have been rescued and safety taken to Gaafaru.
They were rescued by locals.
Sam’an said the boat had been carrying around 40 people, all of whom are safe.
“They were just brought in. So, I don’t know exact figure. But they have all been brought to Gaafaru. There are around 40 people,” he said.
Sam’an said that arrangements have been made to host the passengers and crew in homes of residents.
He commended Gaafaru residents for their community spirit.