- Last Updated on 12 August 2015
One rescuer has spoken about an incident that he cannot forget, despite a long and illustrious career, after a father stopped a team of rescuers from saving his 20 year old daughter.
Lt. Col Ahmed Burqibah, Deputy Director of Dubai Police’s Search and Rescue Department, spoke to Emirates 24/7, and explained that it was one of the hardest situations he had ever worked on, with the Asian man opting to see his daughter die rather than be touched by a man she did not know.
The incident took place on a beach in Dubai, and the Lieutenant claimed that the man prevented the rescue, and was at fault for his daughter’s death, because he didn’t allow rescue workers to do their jobs in time.
It shocked me and many others who were involved in the case. The Asian father took his wife and kids to the beach for picnic and fun.
The kids were swimming in the beach when suddenly, the 20-year-old girl started drowning and screaming for help.
Two rescue men were at the beach, and they rushed to help the girl. However, there was one obstacle which prevented them from reaching the girl and helping her.
This obstacle was the belief of this Asian man who considered that if these men touched his daughter, then this would dishonour her. It cost him the life of his daughter.
After recounting the incident to the authorities, the man was arrested, with Burqibah adding the man told the rescuers trying to save the young girl that he ‘prefers his daughter being dead than being touched by a strange man’.