Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Rescued Egyptian fisherman recounts tale of escape from certain death  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 03/01/2012

No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!


(MENAFN - Arab News) One of the fishermen rescued by the Saudi Border Guards off the coast of Qunfuda was thankful for being saved from certain death.

"We were rescued from almost certain death," said Ahmad Taher Tabal, to Al-Madina newspaper, while recounting the fearful moments just before the rescue..

The Border Guards saved seven Egyptian fishermen when their boat caught fire on Friday.

"While we were heading for Jazan, a fire erupted on board at 10 p.m. The fuel hose that was connected to the engine broke. This resulted in a leakage of gas," Tabal said, while attributing this to the fast spreading of fire.

"We removed all inflammable goods, used three fire extinguishers and poured buckets of water on the fire. Nevertheless, the fire almost engulfed the boat and we were unable to extinguish it," he said.

The fishermen sent an SOS to Egyptian authorities but did not have phone numbers of Saudi emergency forces or the Border Guards. "However, the Border Guards rushed to the spot and saved us. They gave us food, clothing and the best medical care possible after taking us to hospitals in Jeddah," he said. The Saudi forces also helped them to get in touch with their families.

Col. Saleh Al-Shahri, spokesman of the Border Guards and head of the forces' public affairs in Makkah province, said the boat was spotted about 100 nautical miles west of Qunfuda city.

"Praise to Allah, we found all of them alive in the boat and took them to Jeddah Islamic Port on a speedboat. They sustained light burn injuries, and one of them suffered from acute asthmatic conditions," he said.

Dr. Sami Badawood, director of health affairs in Jeddah, said the fishermen are now in stable condition. "When we heard about their rescue by the Border Guards, a specialized medical team was sent to the port to take them to hospital upon their arrival. An emergency alert was made at King Fahd Hospital to extend the best possible medical services without any delay," he said.

Five fishermen could be discharged from the hospital within 24 hours, the remaining two needed to stay for another 24 hours.


  MENA News Headlines




Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country
Marketwatch News
UPI News
Comtex News

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Portfolio Tracker


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help