Speedboat explosion injures tourists in the Maldives

An explosion on board a speedboat has injured 24 tourists in the Maldives, including visitors from China, Japan, and India.

Hulhulé island.

Hulhulé island. Image by Simon Clancy / CC BY 2.0

Initial reports suggest that the accident was caused by a faulty battery, which ignited, starting a fire which spread to the engines. Injured passengers were quickly evacuated to nearby Hulhulé island, home to the Maldives’ international airport. While there are no reports of foul play, this comes just a day after an unexplained explosion on board a boat carrying the president of the Maldives. Read more: maldivesindependent.com

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