Fa­ther dies after sav­ing drown­ing chil­dren

RAVEEN­DRAN COL­LAPSED ON THE BEACH AFTER RES­CU­ING HIS CHIL­DREN WHO WERE SWEPT AWAY BY STRONG WAVES

Gulf News - - Front Page - BY BINSAL AB­DUL KADER Se­nior Re­porter

An In­dian fam­ily never imag­ined that a beach where they reg­u­larly have week­end fun would turn into a tragic place and dev­as­tate their lives.

The fa­ther died just after sav­ing his two chil­dren who were strug­gling to stay afloat in the waves while swim­ming near Al Raha on Fri­day morn­ing.

Dileep­ku­mar Raveen­dran, 39, leapt into the waves that swept away his chil­dren but man­aged to reach them and made sure he held their heads above water as he swam back to the shore safely, a fam­ily friend told Gulf News yes­ter­day. How­ever, he col­lapsed just after reach­ing the shore and hand­ing over the chil­dren safely to his wife and mother-in-law, who were help­lessly wit­ness­ing the in­ci­dent, said the friend.

He suf­fered a sus­pected heart at­tack due to the shock of the in­ci­dent; but we have to wait for the death cer­tifi­cate to con­firm it.”

An In­dian man died shortly after sav­ing his two chil­dren who were drown­ing while swim­ming on the beach on Fri­day morn­ing.

Dileep­ku­mar Raveen­dran, 39, jumped into the waves that swept away his chil­dren, man­aged to reach them and made sure he held their heads above water as he swam back to the shore safely, a fam­ily friend told Gulf News on Satur­day.

How­ever, he col­lapsed just after reach­ing the shore and hand­ing over the chil­dren safely to his wife and mother-in-law, who were help­lessly wit­ness­ing the in­ci­dent, said C.A. Deepak who reached the beach im­me­di­ately in re­sponse to a fran­tic call from Raveen­dran’s wife.

“When we [with a friend] reached there around 11.50am, an am­bu­lance also reached the spot. He [Raveen­dran] was ly­ing on the beach and paramedics ad­min­is­tered CPR (car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion) but he could not be re­vived,” said Deepak, a fam­ily friend.

The am­bu­lance took Raveen­dran’s body to Al Rahba Hos­pi­tal where doc­tors con­firmed his death. “He suf­fered a sus­pected heart at­tack due to the shock of the in­ci­dent; but we have to wait for the death cer­tifi­cate to con­firm it,” Deepak said.

The two school­go­ing chil­dren — his daugh­ter De­vika, 9, and son Aryan, 6 — were un­harmed but shocked by their fa­ther’s death who was play­ing with them on the beach, while their mother Lak­shmi and her mother were watch­ing them. The fam­ily was en­joy­ing a nice time as the chil­dren’s grand­mother came on a visit from their na­tive town of Kol­lam in the south In­dian state of Ker­ala.

“They used to visit this beach [near Al Raha on the out­skirts of Abu Dhabi city] very of­ten. Prob­a­bly it is their favourite place,” Deepak said.

Good friend

He said the fam­ily left for the beach around 10.30am from their nearby home and might have played on the beach around one hour be­fore the tragic in­ci­dent hap­pened.

Raveen­dran, a health and safety man­ager with a con­struc­tion com­pany in Dubai, had lived in the UAE for more than 10 years.

Friends said Raveen­dran was work­ing with an Abu Dhabibased con­struc­tion com­pany, and moved to the Dubai firm one year ago.

“I had worked with him a year only; but he be­came one of my good friends. He used to call me ev­ery week, even if I did not call him. He val­ued friend­ships a lot,” Deepak said.

A col­league said Raveen­dran was a calm and quiet per­son who be­came a close friend of all col­leagues. “That’s why we all col­leagues have been with his fam­ily since we came to know about the in­ci­dent. We still can’t be­lieve it; we all are shocked,” said No­ufal Mam­barakal, an elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer.

Repa­tri­a­tion of body

Mam­barakkal said he and his col­leagues were try­ing to com­plete the of­fi­cial for­mal­i­ties for repa­tri­at­ing the body by to­day.

The fam­ily mem­bers will ac­com­pany the body. Since Raveen­dran’s wife is a home­maker, the fam­ily may re­lo­cate to Ker­ala, the friends said.

A so­cial worker who is help­ing the fam­ily for repa­tri­a­tion of the body said the body was kept at Shaikh Khal­ifa Med­i­cal City morgue.

The au­thor­i­ties are con­duct­ing foren­sic tests as part of the pro­ce­dures re­lated to un­nat­u­ral death and the re­port is ex­pected by Sun­day or Mon­day, said M. M Nasser Kan­jan­gad.

Once the re­port is avail­able, the re­main­ing le­gal pro­ce­dures can be com­pleted im­me­di­ately to repa­tri­ate the body, he said.

C. A Deepak | Friend of the vic­tim

Raveen­dran and his fam­ily were re­lax­ing at the beach in Abu Dhabi as the chil­dren’s grand­mother had come from In­dia. Be­low: The beach near Al Raha in Abu Dhabi.

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