UAE: 8 trekkers rescued from deep valley in RAK

Ras Al Khaimah - They were shifted to the nearest hospital for medical attention.


A Staff Reporter

Published: Thu 11 Mar 2021, 4:24 PM

Eight trekkers stuck in a deep valley in RAK were rescued by police and local mountaineers a few days ago.


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Major General Ali Abdullah bin Alwan, Commander-in-Chief of Ras Al Khaimah Police, on Thursday, said his men at the Rams Police Station managed to rescue the trekkers stuck in the rough Sheha Valley. Local mountaineers and ambulance and civil defence teams were involved in the effort too.

“Local Emiratis played a critical role in rescuing the eight trekkers of different ages and nationalities, while paramedics and rescue teams provided them with the necessary first aid,” he said.

“They were then shifted to the nearest hospital for medical attention,” he added.

Maj-Gen bin Alwan called on trekkers to carry enough food and water and avoid rough mountainous areas which are hard to reach.

“They must carry equipment needed to remain safe for a long time and avoid losing consciousness in case of exhaustion or sun strokes,” he said, while noting that temperatures in the mountains can be very high these days.

“Trekkers must always carry a mobile or satellite phone. A whistle could also be useful to attract attention,” Maj-Gen bin Alwan said.

Climbers were advised to inform authorities before undertaking treks, and update them about their whereabouts and the number of climbers. Doing research to get information on local climbing sites would also be useful in ensuring a safe trek.

Photo: Supplied
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