Makunudhoo, Haa Dhaal

Officers save two surfers carried out to sea by rip currents

  • Police rescued the two individuals with the help from Makunudhoo residents
  • Met department predicts severe weather and rough seas across most of Maldives for the next few days
  • Police urged citizens to refrain from going swimming when seas are rough

Zunana Zalif

K. Male' 2019 Jul 16 | Tue 14:05 2,025 local

Aeriel view of Makunudhoo, Haa Dhaal atoll - Maldives Independent

Officers of the Maldives Police Service (MPS) rescued two surfers who were being pulled out to sea by rip currents in Makunudhoo island of Haa Dhaal atoll, on Monday.

Police revealed via twitter that they had rescued the two individuals who were caught in strong rip currents with the help of island residents, on a dinghy.

While the Meteorological Service predicts seas to be rough over the course of the next few days, police urged the public to refrain from going swimming during severe weather conditions, for the safety and security of everyone.

Met department predicted heavy thundershowers and choppy seas throughout most of the country for the next 24 hours.

Surface winds are expected to be south-west to westerly at 15 – 23 miles per hour with gusts of wind at 45 miles per hour during showers.

On Tuesday, the department advised sea travelers to take necessary precautions as heavy showers, strong winds and rough seas are expected.

It also revealed that there is a possibility of swell wave surges during high tide times in central and southern atolls.

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