Saudi Coast Guard rescue 4 yachtsmen stranded off Asir coast

A Saudi border guard watches as he stands in a boat off the coast of the Red Sea on Saudi Arabia's maritime border with Yemen, near Jizan, in this April 8, 2015 file photo. (Reuters)
Updated 24 October 2017
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Saudi Coast Guard rescue 4 yachtsmen stranded off Asir coast

ABHA: The Border Guard Command’s search and rescue teams in Asir rescued four citizens from drowning after their boat crashed near Al-Qahmah, off the coast of Asir region.

The spokesman of the Border Guard Command in Asir, Capt. Khalid bin Ali Al-Mutairi, said that the Border Guard unit in Al-Qahmah received a report from an emergency center stating that a boat was stranded at sea with four men aboard.

“Search and rescue teams, and marine patrols were immediately sent to the accident location to save the stranded men, who were found in good health,” he added.

Al-Mutairi called on all citizens and residents to exercise caution when navigating away from the shore and to use the emergency number 994 to report any sea-related accidents.


Duo on trial in Riyadh over ‘Qaddafi, Saddam’ voice message

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Duo on trial in Riyadh over ‘Qaddafi, Saddam’ voice message

JEDDAH: Two suspects facing 12 terror-related charges are on trial in a Riyadh-based court, Okaz newspaper reported.
The suspects are on trial for recording a voice message where they imitated the voices of toppled Libyan leader Muammar Al-Qaddafi and former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in an effort to criticize the local Abha Tourism Festival.
The first suspect is facing eight charges, including supporting terror groups Al-Nusra Front and Daesh.
The suspect is accused of preparing, sending and storing items deemed harmful to public order and morals. He was also communicating with a member of Daesh in Syria, the newspaper added.
He appears to follow social media accounts affiliated with Daesh, in addition to disseminating information and publications by the terror group via Twitter and Telegram and WhatsApp to his friends, including the second suspect, whom he had shared Daesh-related videos with.
The second suspect is facing four charges, including meeting the first suspect, inciting him to support terror groups, and harboring him from security forces.
He is also accused of disturbing public order by taking part in a voice message that criticized the Abha festival, by sending it via WhatsApp to a number of friends.