Prop severs female diver’s leg in Maldives

Hulhumale (Zairon)
Hulhumalé (Zairon)

A female scuba diver from the liveaboard Maldives Aggressor II is reported to have lost the lower part of her leg after it came into contact with a boat-propeller in the Maldives on the morning of 20 January. 

The 63-year-old US tourist had been attempting to surface to the liveaboard’s diving dhoni following a dive off the coast of Hulhumalé, the reclaimed island connected to Malé’s airport island Hulhulé.

”Currently, it is understood that a diver aboard the Maldives Aggressor II experienced an accident where their surface marker buoy became entangled in the dhoni’s propeller, leading to injuries,” stated Aggressor Fleet. “The diver has been taken to a hospital and is reported to be in stable condition.

“A thorough investigation is underway by local authorities and our operations team, who will provide additional details on the incident once the investigation is concluded.”

Most diving around Hulhumalé is on the wreck of the 80m cargo ship Victory. Lying at a maximum depth of 35m, the site can be subject to strong currents.

According to police, the propeller had severed the woman’s leg from the knee down, and members of the Maldives National Defence Force were reported to have carried out an unsuccessful search of the area for the remains of the limb.

The woman was taken to Tree Top Hospital on the island for treatment, while the police continue to investigate the incident.

(This news report was updated when the identity of the dive-boat had been established)

Expanding island of Hulhumalé

The artificial island of Hulhumalé has been expanding over the past 20 years as sand is pumped from the seabed to increase its surface area. It now covers 4sq km and is still being reclaimed from the sea in an effort to meet a housing and commercial development crisis on the crowded capital island Malé, as well as to provide more protection against rising seas.

Hulhumalé is now the Maldives’ fourth-largest island, and its population of 53,000 is projected to quadruple by the end of the 2020s. There are almost 50 hotels and several dive-centres on the island.

This week it was also announced that the first underwater railway tunnel of its kind in the world is to be built between Malé and another island currently being reclaimed from the sea, Rasmalé – in an effort both to tackle the overcrowding issue and to boost tourism.

Also on Divernet: Diver dragged into ferry prop – and survives, Boat-owner sentenced for death of diver friend, Boat props kill two US divers in Mexico, Prop death – dive widower files lawsuit, No SMB so prop-death captain released

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Tracy N
Tracy N
1 month ago

Maldives Aggressor brought a full group of divers onboard during Covid knowing that they had not tested their crew in 3 months AND that the captain and one dive master had been ill the week before. We all ended up in quarantine for 14 days and the 3 positive patients were in isolation. AT OUR OWN EXPENSE!! We heard via crew that 8 of them tested positive. US Aggressor did nothing to help us – told us that the boat was a franchise owned by an Egyptian and that we had no legal recourse.

Carla Ness
Carla Ness
1 month ago

This is my mother. She was NOT tangled! That’s wrong information. Please pray for her.

EGA
EGA
1 month ago

That is wrong information. Diver’s DSMB is not tangled. Diver was on her way to climb up the ladder. No one noticed that diver and buddy is still about to climb up when the engine started.
I have proof of that because I have the DSMB and spool. Please make correction of the article.
Diver was never entangled.

EGA
EGA
1 month ago

Where did you get that information that the diver was entangled?
That is wrong information.

AGE
AGE
1 month ago

May I ask where did you get that information that the diver was entangled?

I assure you that the diver/victim was not entangled and I have the DSBM and spool of the victim to prove that.

Victim was with buddy (me) and we are about to go up the ladder of the dhonie when the engine suddenly turned on and nobody heard us scream to stop.

Please would you kindly make corrections to the article because we or the victim did not get tangled. That is wrong information.

AGE
AGE
1 month ago

This is wrong that the surface marker buoy became entangled in the dhoni’s propeller.
I am the buddy of the victim and we were never entangled.

We were already on the ladder, about to climb up, when the engine started.
We shouted “stop”, “STOP” and nobody heard us and maybe no one even has seen us.

Please make corrections to your article.

Carla Ness
Carla Ness
28 days ago

Diver was on her way to climb up the ladder. No one noticed that diver and her buddy is still about to climb up when the engine started without warning. Please make correction of the article.
Diver was never entangled. – Daughter of diver

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