Fire breaksout in boat transporting garbage

A boat transporting garbage to the waste disposal island Thilafushi caught fire on Saturday badly damaging the vessel.

Coastguard said the vessel transporting garbage from Halaveli resort to Thilafushi caught fire around 9am Saturday.

Coastguard said the fire broke-out in the boat's engine room and was put out using the firefighting equipment aboard the vessel.

Though no one was in the incident the boat had sustained severe fire damage.

The cause of the accident remains unclear.