Search for missing Addu teen continues; 4,743 nautical miles covered

Mohamed Naeesh Nasr, 18.

Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) states 4,743 square nautical miles have been covered in the search for the missing teen from Addu City.

Mohamed Naeesh Nasr, 18, was reported missing to the authorities at 10:45 pm on Thursday, after he ventured into the waters off Gan with two of his friends to catch shrimp.

Tomorrow will mark one week since his disappearance.

Briefing Sun regarding the updates on the search operation – MNDF said 3,602.46 square nautical miles have been covered via air, 1,140 square nautical miles covered via sea and 1,026 meters covered by underwater diving.

However, they have yet to find any sign of Naeesh.

The biggest challenge to the search and rescue mission is the bad weather affecting the region.

A yellow alert for bad weather has been issued to the southern Maldivian region tonight as well.

Naeesh’s family described him as a strong swimmer. According to them, Naeesh usually goes swimming in the morning, but decided to go Thursday night because he was supposed to travel to Male’ with his family, on Saturday.

The 12th grader was described by his family as “soft spoken and obedient”. He is the eldest of two siblings. He has a younger sister.