Drown­ing men plucked from sea

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Two men saved five peo­ple from drown­ing in the Ara­bian Gulf after their boat cap­sized.

Mo­hammed Al Zarouni, 49, told 7DAYS that he and a friend were re­lax­ing on a boat about 18km off shore when he heard peo­ple yelling for help.

He said: “It was min­utes be­fore sun­set on Satur­day when I heard some yelling.

“My friend told me ‘it’s a bird’ but I was sure that I heard some­one yelling for help.

“We looked around and saw five peo­ple cling­ing to large plas­tic wa­ter bot­tles and they were so close to drown­ing. It was a scary scene.”

Al Zarouni said he jumped into the wa­ter with his friend and they pulled the men out one by one.

“We per­formed first aid on two of them and gave blan­kets to the oth­ers, who were tired, and then took them to the shore,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to Dubai Po­lice, the five Emi­rati men were on a pri­vate boat about 25km off By Ali Al Shouk Palm Deira when the wake of a large ship flipped their ves­sel.

“They were friends in a pri­vate boat and they swam for two hours,” said Brigadier Ab­dul­lah Rashid, Di­rec­tor of Port Po­lice Sta­tion. “They lost their phones, per­sonal be­long­ings and any chance to call for help un­til they came close to Al Zarouni’s boat.”

The brigadier praised the hero­ism of Al Zarouni and his friend. “They saved the lives of those peo­ple, who were tired and so close to drown­ing after los­ing their boat,” he said.

The boat, worth Dhs100,000, be­longed to one of the men. Al Zarouni said it was not his first time he had saved a per­son’s life, after pre­vi­ously res­cu­ing a woman who couldn’t swim after she fell from a jet­ski.

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