Eight tourists stuck in mountain for a night

RAS AL KHAIMAH - Local residents on Saturday helped eight foreign tourists descend the rough mountains of Wadi Ghalilah after they had spent one night trapped in the area.

By Sebugwaawo Ismail (Our staff reporter)

Published: Mon 17 Mar 2008, 8:29 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:46 PM

Ahmed Al Burush, a resident of the area, said the eight tourists had gone on a picnic to Wadi Ghalilah on Friday. “They got down from their vehicle and walked towards the mountainous area until they arrived at a very rugged spot shortly before sunset,” he said.

As darkness began to fall, the tourists failed to find their way back.

A Police source said they were informed about the stranded tourists in the Wadi Mountains and immediately informed the Ras Al Khaimah Air Wing Department of the incident.

A helicopter was then rushed to the scene.

However, due to darkness and ruggedness of the area, the helicopter was unable to rescue them.

The rescue operation was postponed to Saturday morning.

However, the tourists managed to come down in the early morning on Saturday with the help of local residents.

The police have urged the tourists to limit their movements while touring the mountainous areas as some areas are very rough and risky.

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