British trekker dies after falling off mountain in UAE


British trekker dies after falling off mountain in UAE

Three other injured climbers were airlifted to a hospital in Fujairah.

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Published: Sat 8 Jun 2019, 10:30 AM

Last updated: Sun 9 Jun 2019, 12:57 AM

A British trekker died after he fell from a mountain at Al Manei area in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. Three other climbers accompanying him were injured and had to be airlifted to the nearest hospital by the National Search and Rescue Centre. 
Sources said the National Ambulance was alerted about the four Britons who needed urgent help. "All the details were collected, and a rescue chopper was immediately dispatched to the reported site. One of the four Britons reported was already dead, while the other three trekkers were airlifted to the Fujairah hospital."
Past incidents 
Many such accidents have taken place in the recent past in the mountainous regions of RAK.
Early in January 2019, three female European tourists - who got trapped after losing their way in RAK mountains while trekking - were rescued by the RAK Police. 
A 78-year-old British pilot, in March 2018, survived a glider crash while flying at 5,000 feet, around 1,000 meters above sea level, on Jebel Jais, in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. The mishap was blamed on strong winds which made him lose control of the glider, veer off his course and fall down, according to sources.
A young Briton, in June 2017, breathed his last while jogging in a mountainous area in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. "The victim was accompanied by his friend, also a Briton."
A 22-year-old Briton, in December 2015, fell to his death from the top of Jebel Jais in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.
Things to remember
Brigadier Mohammed Saeed Al Humaidi, director-general of the central operations room, RAK Police, said trekkers and climbers need to learn the basics of rock climbing on an indoor wall first.
"Climbers ought to inform the authorities about their activities, whereabouts and number of climbers, and consult climbing websites to get up-to-date information on local climbing sites."
Trekkers are also advised to carry a means of communication, such as a mobile or satellite phone, he said. 
"A whistle could also be useful to attract attention. They should also take food items on their hike."
All mountain-goers, tourists and workers are urged to be more cautious in these areas and take all precautionary measures for their safety. During emergency, National Search and Rescue Centre can be contacted on toll free number 800823727.

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