Two in critical condition after accident at sea

A speedboat from the Summer Island Resort collided with a docked fishing vessel around 10:30 pm Tuesday night, injuring 14 staff members from the resort in North Malé atoll.

The injured resort workers, including 12 Maldivians and two expatriates, were brought to the capital and rushed to the ADK private hospital.

Ahmed Afaal, ADK’s managing director, told the Maldives Independent that four of the victims are undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit.

“Two of them are on ventilators after surgery last night,” he said.

“Three people are at the high dependency unit, which is a level below the ICU, they are stable. Three people are at the general admission unit and three people were also discharged last night.”

An employee of the Summer Island Resort told newspaper Mihaaru that four section managers were among the injured. The injuries range from cuts and bruises to displacement of joints.

All four victims at the ICU are Maldivians. The two victims on ventilators suffered internal injuries and one underwent surgery for head injuries.

According to the coastguard, the collision occurred because the speedboat’s captain was unable to see the fishing boat. The lights were turned off after the boat anchored near the One and Only Reethi Rah resort due to bad weather.

The boat’s Maldivian captain and four foreign crew members have since been taken into police custody. The captain and crew fled after the accident, according to the police.

The criminal court has remanded the captain to police custody for 10 days. The expatriates will be handed over to the immigration department for deportation, the police spokesman said.

The accident occurred amid a bout of bad weather with the onset of the southwest monsoon in mid-May.

Along with torrential rain and strong winds, seas have also been rough across the country. On May 21, the coastguard responded to a distress call from a speedboat travelling from the Summer Island Resort to the airport with 27 tourists onboard.

The speedboat was taking on water due to leakages when a coast guard vessel arrived to rescue the tourists and crew members. On the same day, the coastguard also helped float a sinking safari vessel docked near Hulhumalé.

A landing craft that went missing earlier this month was located with the help of the Indian navy.

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Source URL:  Maldives Independent

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