Drifting Sri Lankan and dead body to be returned to Sri Lanka

Srilankan found drifting away on a dingy | photo: Police

Malé, Maldives – Maldives Police Service has confirmed that the dead body found on V. Fohtheyo Bodufushi on February 16 and the Srilankan found drifting away on a dinghy outside V.Anbaraa are being returned back to Srilanka.

Giving information to local media outlet Hathaavees, the Media Official of Police said that they are making efforts in association with the Srilankan High Comission, to send back the dead body and the other Sri Lankan back to Srilanka. Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) previously revealed that both Srilankan nationals departed from the country on January 30, and were lost at sea from then on wards.

Police said that the body was found on the island of V. Fohtheyo Bodufushi on February 16. Reports of the body were received by the police from a group of people who visited the island to collect wood around 11:02. The body was then transported to the capital Male’ City by the authorities.

A man in distress was discovered on a dinghy drifting in Maldivian waters and was reported to the authorities at around 17:12 of the same day. MNDF’s Male’ Area squadron was dispatched to the location. Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) said that the man was found by a safari boat in the area named “Maldiviana”.

The individual was identified as a Sri Lankan and was discovered on a dinghy drifting near at Vaavu atoll. The man’s nationality was confirmed from documents he had with him on the dinghy. The dead body has also been confirmed to be that of a Srilankan from the investigation. Police also revealed that no significant injury marks have been identified from the dead body.