Exhausted from their trek, Emirati family stuck on RAK mountain rescued

Staff Reporter /Ras Al Khaimah Filed on November 4, 2020
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Some of the trekkers were slightly injured.

An Emirati family, who was on a trek in Ras Al Khaimah, had been rescued after they got stranded on a mountain, all exhausted from their hike, police said on Wednesday.

Rescuers from the air wing department of the Ras Al Khaimah Police searched through a rough terrain in Al Gheil area before they found the family of five. The reported site, they said, was not easily accessible.

“Some members of the family were slightly injured,” said Group Commander Saeed Al Yamahi, head of the air wing section. The Emiratis were immediately airlifted to the nearest hospital.

Al Yamahi urged all trekkers to learn the basics of rock climbing before they go on a hike. It is best to do some practice sessions in an indoor wall climbing facility first, he added.

“Climbers should also inform the authorities about their activities, whereabouts and the number of people they are with. They must consult official websites to get up-to-date information on local climbing sites.”

All mountain-climbers and tourists and workers are highly urged to be more cautious in exploring these areas. They must also bring a mobile or satellite phone so they could easily contact the authorities in case of emergencies. “A whistle could be useful to attract attention. Then, they should ensure that they have enough food for their hike,” Al Yamahi added.

“All staff rescuers are not only provided with the latest search and rescue equipment but also go through regular training for rescue missions.”

Staff Reporter

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