May 28, 2008
Manaal safari boat destroyed by fire !
A safari boat anchored off an uninhabited island named Havoddaa in Gaafu Dhaalu atoll was destroyed in a fire Saturday night.
The name of the safari boat involved in the fire was named ‘Manaal’, Police said. There were only five crew members onboard the safari at the time of the incident and they had all managed to escape the burning vessel and go to the nearest inhabited island Dhevvadhoo, Police also said.
According to reports, the four locals and one expatriate man onboard the safari had escaped in the safari’s dinghy and were rescued by a passing boat that had transferred them to Dhevvadhoo.
Police said that the fire was believed to have originated from the engine room.