Missing Persons

Authorities discover parts of dinghy on which Abdulla went missing

  • The chunk of the dinghy was found 40 meters under water
  • Tuesday marks the sixth day since Abdulla went missing and authorities have assured that the search for him will indefinitely continue

Zunana Zalif
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K. Male' 2020 Jan 07 | Tue 14:45 1,642 local

MNDF working to resurface the chunk of the dinghy - MNDF

Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) has discovered parts believed to belong to the dinghy on which missing 41-year-old Nasrullah Abdulla was on at the time of the sea accident following which he has been missing.

While the dinghy that set off from Dharavandhoo island of Baa atoll, collided into a speedboat that belongs to Eydhafushi in the same atoll, it is to have sunk after the accident.

Four people were on board at the time of the collision out of which three were transferred onto the speedboat and one, Abdulla, has been missing since.

The chunk of the boat was found by MNDF’s team of divers on Tuesday, along with something believed to be the top of the boat’s engine.

The discovery was made 40 meters under water, 0.35 nautical miles off Dhonfanu, in the region between Dhonfanu and Angafaraa of Baa atoll. Investigations have since been launched to find out whether the parts belong to the dinghy that sank on 2 January.

Further, it has been revealed that authorities are yet to discover if the whole dinghy is also where the parts were found.

Tuesday marks the sixth day since Abdulla went missing and authorities have assured that the search for him will indefinitely continue.

Providing the latest update on the matter on Tuesday, Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) confirmed that authorities have not given up and that the search will continue until he is found. Officers have assured the public that the search is ongoing without a pause and that they are using all resources within reach.

As such, a team of MNDF coastguard divers are active alongside a diving robot and a coastguard speedboat is also scanning the surface of the sea in the search, which continues via air route as well.

Last updated at: 3 weeks ago | Reviewed by: Zihnath Hassan

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