British honeymooners die in Maldives road accident

The couple arrived on Kuredu last Thursday to honeymoon on the white sandy beach island.

Last Updated: Aug 07, 2011, 18:56 PM IST

Colombo: Two British honeymooners have died in
the tourist paradise of the Maldives, after their vehicle
crashed into a tree, police said on Sunday.

Staff at the northern Kuredu Island Resort discovered the
unidentified couple early Saturday, while another foreign
national believed to be involved in the accident, was found
injured.

"They were riding a four-wheel scooter similar to a quad
bike, which met with an accident," Police spokesman Ahmed
Shiyam told a news agency by telephone from the capital Male.

Shiyam declined to name the victims. The couple arrived on
Kuredu last Thursday to honeymoon on the white sandy beach
island, where luxurious thatched roof bungalows are built over
turquoise blue waters.

Tourism is a key form of revenue for the Indian Ocean
atoll nation of 1,200 chain of islands.

For the six months to June, 53,226 British holidaymakers
arrived in the Maldives, 4.8 per cent down on the same period
in 2010.

PTI