Two drown as car falls into RAK Creek

RAS AL KHAIMAH — Two people drowned in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Creek at around 10.30pm on Monday, when the car they were travelling in fell into the water near the bridge, police reports stated.

By Ismail Sebugwaawo

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Published: Thu 20 Jan 2011, 12:27 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 5:46 AM

This is the second such incident to occur at the same place in less than a fortnight. Major Khalid Al Naqbi, Deputy Chief, Public Relations Department, RAK Police said the dead included a 30-year-old Yemeni and a 29-year-old Sudanese woman who was the driver. The car skidded off the road as the Sudanese woman who did not have a driving licence lost control.

The car went through one of the gaps in the piped-fence on the creek. The officer said the Yemen national and owner of the car was trying to train the Sudanese woman how to drive. “Imagine a non-qualified person training someone how to drive at night and moreover near the sea when even a licensed instructor is not allowed do this. This was not only dangerous by also in violation of the laws,” said Major Naqbi. Divers of the rescue team found the pair had died in the car. The rescue teams transferred the bodies to Saqr Hospital and removed the car from the creek using a crane.In a similar incident which took place recently, two people — 47-year-old Qatari Saad Mubarak Abdul Rahman and Ali, a 37-year-old Syrian drowned just a few metres from the place where Monday’s incident occurred.

According to the police, the Syrian’s car also skidded off the road and fell into the water after the driver lost control. The Qatari who was walking near the corniche saw the car driven by the Syrian, falling into the creek. He rushed and dived into the water to save the driver. An eyewitness told Khaleej Times that Abdul Rahman had managed to open the door of the sunken car and tried to rescue Ali who was stuck inside. Suddenly a strong wave pushed the door of the car and shut the duo inside. Both the driver and the Qatari national died in the car.

Motorists have urged the authorities to fence the Creek using a concrete fence and also close the gaps that were left in between the fence on the RAK Creek to avoid the occurrence of similar incidents in the future.

Mustafah Abed, an Emirati resident of Khozam said the Corniche Road which goes around the Creek is used by many motorists and that it was very important that the authorities close the gaps in the fence.

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