Tourism Minister arrives in Addu for British Loyalty Shipwreck dive event

Tourism Minister Dr.Abdullah Mausoom arriving at Addu International Airport | photo: British Loyalty Shipwreck OC

Addu City, Maldives – Minister of Tourism Dr.Abdullah Mausoom has arrived in Addu to take part in the diving event held to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the British Loyalty shipwreck in Addu City.

Minister Mausoom was welcomed to the city by Mayor Addu City Abdullah Sodiq and Managing Director of Addu International Airport Qais Naseer along with several other council members. Tourism Minister Mausoom will be doing the honors of participating in this divers event along with other senior officials of the ministry.

The British Loyalty shipwreck is popular diving destination in Addu City, and according to Maldives boat club, the ship survived torpedo attacks on 2 separate occasions but was scuttled by the British as they withdrew from the Atoll in 1946.

Now the ship lies 33 meters under water between the islands Maradhoo and Hithadhoo. The site is easily accessible by boat, as it is less than 25 minutes away even from Gan.

The ship is covered with hard and soft corals that are home to a large number of small fishes. It is also surrounded by groups of fishes, including blue-fin jack and turtles that swim around the ship. At times, the divers also find Manta rays and sharks around the Loyalty ship.