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50-year-old Emirati falls off a cliff in RAK, rescued

Ras Al Khaimah - He sustained fractures and other injuries.


A Staff Reporter

Published: Wed 13 Jan 2021, 3:47 PM

Last updated: Wed 13 Jan 2021, 3:54 PM

A 50-year-old Emirati was walking on a rocky mountain in Ras Al Khaimah when he slipped and fell off a cliff, the authorities said on Wednesday. The Air Wing team of the Ras Al Khaimah Police immediately came to his rescue and took him to a hospital. He sustained serious injuries and fractures.

Group Commander Saeed Al Yamahi, head of the Air Wing Section, said the incident happened a few days ago. As soon as they received the report, the search and rescue team was dispatched to the site. “The entire area was searched until the injured man was found, provided with first aid, and then moved to Saqr hospital.”

The incident was just one of a number of such trekking accidents reported recently. A few days ago, the Air Wing team also rescued an Arab trekker who suffered injuries in the mountains of Dibba Fujairah.

“Two European tourists, who were injured while trekking the Sheha mountains in Ras Al Khaimah, were also rescued,” Al Yamahi said.

With more people exploring the mountains to enjoy the winter weather, the officer reminded adventurers to be extra cautious.

“They have to be careful while walking or trekking close to the edges of any mountain or cliff,” Al Yamahi said. “They should have all safety equipment ready. They must be on the lookout for symptoms of exhaustion or sun stroke.”

All trekkers and mountain climbers are also advised to avoid rough mountainous areas that are hard to reach. “It’s best to go trekking at the nearby areas that are close to public roads.”

They must also inform the authorities about their activities, whereabouts, and the number of climbers they are with. Then, they should check official websites to get the latest information on local climbing sites, he said.

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