Video: Rescue helicopter saves injured tourist in Jebel Jais

Video: Rescue helicopter saves injured tourist in Jebel Jais

Dubai - The tourist had gone climbing when he injured himself.

By Ahmed Shaaban

Published: Sun 14 Jan 2018, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 15 Jan 2018, 8:25 PM

The rescue team of the Ministry of Interior has promptly airlifted a European tourist injured in Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah and moved him to the hospital.
The tourist was trekking the highest peak in the country, over 1,910m above the sea level, when he fell off the mountain. Alerted of the incident, a rescue helicopter was immediately dispatched to the victim, who was found in a rough area of Ras Al Khaimah's mountain.
Lt. Colonel Pilot Salim Bin Youkha, Head of Air Operations Section at the Ministry of Interior, was quoted as saying that the European tourist was admitted to the intensive care unit at Saqr Hospital last Friday. "The tourist's condition is reported to be stable."
Authorities urge all tourists and workers to take all precautionary measures for their safety while trekking on Jebel Jais.
Lt. Colonel Bin Youkha also warned climbers to carry special equipment and wear protective clothing, and to be accompanied at all times by a qualified trainer who can react in a professional manner during emergencies. The police also urged trekkers and climbers to learn the basics of rock climbing on an indoor wall first.
"Climbers need 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 bring a means of communication, such as a mobile or satellite phone, he said. "A whistle could also be useful to attract attention, and don't forget to take food items on your hike."
Late last year, a three-member Pakistani family survived certain death after the car they were travelling in overturned several times at a rough mountainous spot of the Jebel Jais road.
Major Tariq Al Sharhan, head of the ambulance and rescue section at the RAK police, told Khaleej Times that they dispatched two special rescue vehicles with four rescuers onboard to the rough mountainous site which is not easy to reach in regular vehicles.
"The rescue team discovered a three-member family, including the father, mother, and their 17-year-old son, and shifted them to the hospital."
Wing Commander Saeed Rashid Al Yamahi, Head of the Air Wing Section, said all mountain goers, tourists and workers are highly urged to be more cautious at these areas and take all precautionary measures for their safety.
"All staff rescuers are not only provided with the latest search and rescue equipment, but go through regular training to stay alert for rescue missions round-the-clock."
"What makes our job more difficult, when looking for a missing person here, is the insufficient or unclear information. The rough, rocky, and sloppy mountainous areas are hard to reach and the unstable weather conditions, mainly the atmospheric pressures, funnel clouds, and heavy showers make the rescue operations difficult."

Safety precautions:

- Learn the basics of rock climbing on an indoor wall first
- Consult climbing websites to get up-to-date information on local climbing sites
- Inform authorities about your activities, whereabouts and number of climbers
- Take food items on your hike
-  Bring a means of communication; a mobile, satellite phone, a whistle.

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