Fewer cases of drowning recorded last year

Updated 03 February 2014
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Fewer cases of drowning recorded last year

A survey published by the Directorate of Border Guards has revealed that 54 people — 42 of them male and 12 female — drowned off the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf coasts in 2013. This was a 24 percent decline from the previous year. The survey said that 242 rescue cases were recorded last year, compared with 260 in 2012.
The survey also revealed 24 drowning incidents in the Makkah region, seven in Tabuk, five in Jazan and four in Asir, while there were 11 drowning incidents in the Arabian Gulf in the Eastern Province.
Adm. Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, spokesperson of the General Directorate of Border Guards, said that most of the casualties and rescue operations took place in areas where swimming is banned with warning signs.
“This has made the directorate double up its awareness campaigns in the area,” he said.
“These campaigns contributed to reducing the incidents of drowning. In addition, lifeguards were deployed on beaches, especially during holiday seasons.”
Al-Ghamdi stressed the importance of adhering to coastal and marine safety guidelines and calling 994 in case of emergency.


Riyadh governor air force graduation ceremony

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar at the graduation ceremony of the 94th batch of the King Faisal Air Force College in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 20 May 2018
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Riyadh governor air force graduation ceremony

  • Prince Faisal bin Bandar honored the outstanding students of the batch

RIYADH: On behalf of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the governor of Riyadh region, Prince Faisal bin Bandar, patronized the graduation ceremony of the 94th batch of the King Faisal Air Force College.

Lt. Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, the chief of general staff, and Lt. Gen. Turki bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, the commander of the Saudi Royal Air Force, received the Riyadh governor.  During the ceremony, the commander of the college, Maj. Gen. Khalid Al-Laboun, delivered the welcome speech.

Prince Faisal bin Bandar honored the outstanding students of the batch.

A number of civil and military officials and parents of the graduates attended the ceremony.