Exhausted family of three rescued from UAE mountain

Exhausted family of three rescued from UAE mountain

Ras Al Khaimah - A rescue chopper was immediately dispatched to the reported site.



An Emirati family of three, reeling under extreme exhaustion after scaling a steep mountain at the Saliyat Al Baql area, was rescued in time by the search and rescue team of the air wing section of Ras Al Khaimah Police.
Group Captain Saeed Rashid Al Yamahi, head of the air wing section, RAK Police, said they were alerted about the trio who were suffering from serious exhaustion due to heat at a height of 4,500 feet.
"The three Emirati citizens were trekking the high rough rocky mountain when they suffered severe dehydration and heat exhaustion."

Tips for trekkers

- Learn the basics of rock climbing on an indoor wall first
- Consult climbing websites to get updated information on local trekking sites
- Inform authorities about your activities, whereabouts and number of climbers
- Carry mobile or satellite phone or whistle as well as food items
A rescue chopper was immediately dispatched to the reported site where the three were administered the necessary first aids, he added.
"They were then shifted to the Saqr hospital."
The high temperature and long trek led to the exhaustion, he pointed out. "It was impossible for an ambulance to reach the trio."
Al Yamahi said all trekkers and climbers need to learn the basics of rock climbing on an indoor wall first.
"Climbers ought to inform the authorities about their activities, whereabouts and number of climbers, and consult climbing websites to get updated information on local trekking sites."
Trekkers are also advised to carry a means of communication, such as a mobile or satellite phone, he said. "A whistle could also be useful to attract attention. They should take food items on their hike."
All mountain goers, tourists and workers are 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 also go through regular training to be alert for rescue missions round-the-clock."
ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com


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