Saudi border guards rescue US passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

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Saudi border guards rescued an American tourist after he became dangerously ill on board a cruise ship in the Red Sea. (Supplied)
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The Seven Seas Navigator is a luxury cruise ship. (File photo/Wikipedia)
Updated 15 April 2019

Saudi border guards rescue US passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

JEDDAH: Saudi border guards rescued an American tourist on Sunday after he became dangerously ill on board a cruise ship in the Red Sea.
The 77-year-old was aboard the Seven Seas Navigator off the coast of south-west Saudi Arabia when he suffered intestinal bleeding and chest palpitations.
The ship contacted the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Jeddah, which passed the details to the Saudi Arabia Border Guards. The border guard’s vessel Fursan was sent to meet the cruise ship south of Jazan.
“Immediately, the information was analyzed, the vessel was located, and Border Guards were assigned to provide necessary assistance and evacuate the patient,” Lt Col. Misfer Bin Ghanam Al-Qarni, a border guards spokesman, said.
The ship’s doctor was given medical advice and instructions until the guards arrived.
The patient was evacuated with his wife and transferred to Jazan, where he was then taken to Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital by ambulance.
The Seven Seas Navigator, which was traveling from Salalah in Oman toward Aqaba in Jordan, continued on its voyage.


Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”