Drowning men plucked from sea
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.