Two people have been injured when a vessel docked at Gaafu Dhaalu Thinadhoo harbor caught fire during a fuel transfer from a tanker.
Speaking to 'The Press', Vice President of Thinadhoo Council Nasrullah Ali said that the fire originated from the pump being used for the fuel transfer and that the pump caught ablaze when fuel was being transferred from the tanker outside the island.
Nasrullah said that the fire was extinguished within 10 to 15 minutes by MNDF Fire and Rescue Services with the help of civilians at the scene.
Two foreigners were injured in the incident and have been identified as Indian nationals aged 27 and 30 respectively.
The victims were rushed to Abdul Samad hospital in Thinadhoo.
The hospital said that one of the victims suffered injuries to his leg. It said that the other suffered burns on his face, arms and legs and that both the victims are currently being treated at the hospital.