Missing person found underwater, unresponsive

Landing craft, ‘Leo Pearl’, which capsized early Tuesday morning. (Photo/MNDF)

The person who went missing after a landing craft capsized on early Tuesday morning has been found unresponsive underwaters hours later.

The landing craft, ‘Leo Pearl’, had been traveling to Male’ from R. Kudakurathu resort at the time the vessel capsized.

One of the five people aboard the vessel – an expatriate – went missing in the incident.

MNDF states the person was found under the capsized landing craft by Coastguard divers, unresponsive.

Efforts are underway to transport expat to Kaashidhoo Health Centre. Although unresponsive, MNDF said whether the expat is dead, can only be confirmed by doctors. 

The remaining four people aboard the vessel were left stranded at sea following the incident. They were rescued onto a sea ambulance, as per MNDF. 

As torrential rain batters the Maldives, authorities have urged the public, especially seafarers, to exercise caution as rough seas have been forecasted.