A Sri Lankan expatriate has drowned while attempting to disentangle a mooring rope in the harbour of Maafaru Island in Noonu Atoll, the Maldives Police Service (MPS) has confirmed. The 35-year-old man was working as crew member on a landing craft.

According to the police, the incident occurred on Saturday morning and the individual, who was pulled out of the water unresponsive, was declared dead on arrival at Maafaru healthcare centre.

The authorities are currently making arrangements to transfer the body of the deceased to Malé. The police have not disclosed the name of the deceased.