Rescue teams pull child’s body from septic tank in Jeddah

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Updated 10 November 2017
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Rescue teams pull child’s body from septic tank in Jeddah

JEDDAH: A child’s body has been pulled from a septic tank in the early hours of Friday morning after the four-year-old boy was reported missing in the Makkah region, a civil defense spokesman has confirmed.

The boy’s body was found by members of the National Center for Joint Security Operations (NCSO), Jeddah's Civil Defense spokesman Col. Saeed Sarhan said.

“Rescue teams in Jeddah rushed to the location and began working on pulling the child out of the septic tank, which is two meters deep and filled with one meter of water, adjacent to a fenced courtyard,” he added,

“Rescue teams jumped into the septic tank through its nozzle.”

The child’s family had reported him missing on Wednesday.

The boy was pronounced dead by members of the Red Crescent, before being transferred to a hospital.

There have been similar deaths in Jeddah in recent years, including a man who died as he tried to pull his child – who also died – out of a sewer on Tahlia Street.

Other fatalities have included a teenager who fell in a storm drain, an Egyptian child who died in a sewer nozzle, a Yemeni child who fell in a storm drain on his way home from school, and a girl who slipped into a sewer.


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.