European Tourist Saved After Falling From UAE's Jebel Jais Mountain

Published February 25th, 2018 - 12:41 GMT
Jebel Jais mountain which is over 1,910m above the sea level, where the tourist fell off. (AFP/File)
Jebel Jais mountain which is over 1,910m above the sea level, where the tourist fell off. (AFP/File)

The air ambulance paramedics and rescue teams of the ministry of interior have managed to rescue a European tourist, who was injured while jogging in Jebel Jais located in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

The tourist was trekking the highest peak in the country which is over 1,910m above the sea level, when he fell off the mountain, a senior police officer said.

Lt-Col Pilot Salim Bin Youkha, Head of Air Operations at the Ministry of Interior, said a rescue helicopter was dispatched to help the victim immediately after being alerted of the incident on Friday.

"The tourist was found in a rough area of Ras Al Khaimah's mountain and was immediately airlifted to the intensive care unit of the Saqr Hospital for treatment and medical care."

"The condition of the tourist is stable. Mountain climbers need to carry special equipment and wear protective clothing. A qualified trainer should also accompany the climbers all the time to take precautionary measures and react in a professional way in case of emergency", he added.

It was in January this year that the rescue teams of the Ministry Of Interior also saved another European tourist who was injured in Jebel Jais.

Major Tariq Al Sharhan, Head of the Ambulance and Rescue section at the RAK police, said that trekkers and climbers need to learn the basics of rock climbing on an indoor wall first.

"Climbers need to inform the authorities about their activities, whereabouts and the number of climbers, and consult climbing websites to get up-to-date information on local climbing sites."

"Trekkers are also advised to bring along a means of communication, such as a mobile or satellite phone. A whistle could also be useful to attract attention, and take food items on their hike", he said.

Wing Commander Saeed Rashid Al Yamahi, Head of the Air Wing Section, said that all mountain goers, tourists and workers are urged to be more cautious in these areas and take all precautionary measures for their safety.

"All staff rescuers are not only provided with the latest search and rescue equipment, made to go through regular training be alert for the purpose of carrying out rescue missions round the clock."

"What makes our job more difficult, when looking for a missing person, is the insufficient or unclear information, the rough, rocky, and sloppy mountainous areas which are hard to get to, let alone the unstable weather conditions, mainly the atmospheric pressures, funnel clouds, and heavy showers", the Wing Commander conveyed.

This article has been adapted from its original source. 

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