Six foreigners rescued after losing their way in the desert

DUBAI — The Hard Task and Rescue Team of Dubai Police rescued six foreigners, including two women, who had lost their way in the desert in Seeh Al Aqareb area in Sharjah on Saturday. Their Land Cruiser had got stuck in the sand.


Amira Agarib

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Published: Wed 13 Aug 2008, 1:31 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:02 PM

They have been identified as Ben Squires, Tom Shacklock, and Laura McKenzie, all Britons; Connor Mc Caffery and Elena Notaro, Americans; and Dustin Cherniawski, a Canadian.

The operations room of the Dubai Police received information on Saturday night that six foreigners had lost their way in the desert and their their vehicle had got stuck in the sand.

Personnel led by Captain Khalid Ibrahim Al Hamadi, Acting Director of the Hard Task and Rescue Team, rushed to the area in three cars and after three hours of search, they reached the site and lifted the Land Cruiser from the sand.

Dustin said they started the one-day desert safari around 11am from Al Mudam area. After driving for 1km, they lost their way and did not find any signboards on the road. They started moving into the desert. Around 6.30pm, their vehicle got stuck in the sand.

They tried to lift it but failed. "We realised that we were in trouble as the night had fallen and contacted the police. We could not describe the exact location where we had been stranded. We lit a fire in the place and later reached a water pump. From the description of the area, the rescue team managed to reach us around 9.30pm," Dustin said.

Laura said she was scared when their four-wheel drive got stuck in the sand but felt relieved when she came to know that the Dubai Police rescue team was coming. "It was a long day and we thank God for saving us."

Hammadi said the rescue was delayed because the foreigners did not know how to use the GPS (global positioning system) device properly. The police managed to reach only because they had the map of the area and they knew the locations. He urged the people to carry the GPS device when they travel to the desert.

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