Saudi Border Guards evacuate injured sailor from Red Sea platform

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Updated 02 July 2019

Saudi Border Guards evacuate injured sailor from Red Sea platform

  • The patient was a 45-year-old Indian on board the Djibouti-flagged merchant Al-Sultan 
  • He was taken to a hospital in Jazan, southern KSA, for treatment

JEDDAH: Saudi Border Guards took part in a major operation to evacuate a sick and injured sailor from a floating platform in the Red Sea.

The 45-year-old Indian was on board the Djibouti-flagged Al-Sultan, located about 170 km northwest of Farasan island, off the southwestern Saudi coast.

Border Guards spokesman, Lt. Col. Misfer bin Ghannam Al-Quraini, said the Joint Marine Rescue Coordination Center (JMRCC) in Jeddah was alerted by marine services company Alphard Maritime and requested to assist in recovering the patient who had a foot injury, rash, abdominal cramps, and possible internal bleeding.

Under medical advice the sailor was moved onto a platform support boat before being transferred to Border Guards vessel Rafha and then taken to Prince Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Maritime Base in Jazan. An ambulance then took the patient to a hospital in Jazan for treatment.

King Salman leads Saudi official condemnations of Florida attack

Updated 1 min 30 sec ago

King Salman leads Saudi official condemnations of Florida attack

  • King orders Saudi security agencies to cooperate with US investigators to bring about a speedy resolution to the incident

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman called US President Donald J. Trump Friday night to express his deep sorrow and grief over the Florida shooting of a number of American citizens by a Saudi student.
"The king extended his sincere condolences and sympathies to the President and to the families of the victims, wishing a speedy recovery to the wounded," the Saudi Press Agency reported.
"The king also affirmed that the perpetrator of this heinous crime does not represent the Saudi people who respect and appreciate the American people," the report said.
King Salman also assured President Trump of Saudi Arabia's support to the US and told him that directives had been issued to Saudi security agencies to fully cooperate with the US security agencies in their investigations to get to the bottom of the incident.

Adel Al-Jubeir, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said: “My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences go out to the American people, and to the families of those effected by the tragedy that unfolded at Pensacola."

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the US Princess Reema bint Bandar said her thoughts are with the families of those effected by the shooting.

Deputy Minister of Defence Prince Khalid bin Salman also extended his condolences to those effected.

He said that like many Saudi military personnel he was trained in a US military base.
“We used that valuable training to fight side by side with our American allies against terrorism and other threats,” Prince Khalid said on Twitter.

“A large number of Saudi graduates of the Naval Air Station in Pensacola moved on to serve with their U.S counterparts in battlefronts around the world, helping to safeguard regional and global security. Today's tragic event is strongly condemned by everyone in Saudi Arabia."