Saudi border guards rescue sick Indian sailor

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A frigate from Jazan region’s Border Guards rescued on Saturday a 40-year-old Indian sailor who lost consciousness onboard a ship in the Red Sea west of Jazan port. (Saudi Border Guards)
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A frigate from Jazan region’s Border Guards rescued on Saturday a 40-year-old Indian sailor who lost consciousness onboard a ship in the Red Sea west of Jazan port. (Saudi Border Guards)
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A frigate from Jazan region’s Border Guards rescued on Saturday a 40-year-old Indian sailor who lost consciousness onboard a ship in the Red Sea west of Jazan port. (Saudi Border Guards)
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Updated 02 February 2020

Saudi border guards rescue sick Indian sailor

  • Al-Quraini said that JMRSC located the ship 51 miles to the northwest of Al-Farasan Island, and carried out the rescue operation
  • The sailor was transported to Alemies General Hospital and is reported to be in a stable condition

JEDDAH: A frigate from Jazan region’s Border Guards rescued on Saturday a 40-year-old Indian sailor who lost consciousness onboard a ship in the Red Sea west of Jazan port.
Border Guard’s official spokesman, Lt. Col. Misfer bin Ghannam Al-Quraini, said that in line with the Kingdom’s adherence to the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) of 1979, the Jeddah Maritime Rescue and Search Center (JMRSC) received a stress call from the captain of the “Markab” ship, carrying a Djibouti flag, asking for help after an Indian sailor lost conscious and needed medical assistance.


Al-Quraini said that JMRSC located the ship 51 miles to the northwest of Al-Farasan Island, and carried out the rescue operation.
He said that the frigate reached the Prince Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Maritime Base in Jazan and was received by medical staff and Jazan Port’s passport department. The patient was transported to Alemies General Hospital and is reported to be in a stable condition.


Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions

Updated 26 May 2020

Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions

  • Curfew to be eased on Sunday, except in Makkah, as domestic travel permitted
  • All curfews in Saudi Arabia to be lifted by June 20

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced the easing of restrictions that has halted much of the activity in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Sunday 31, May, the curfew on all areas of the Kingdom will be eased, except Makkah. Movement in cities and within the regions of the country will again be permitted, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

The easing will mean the Kingdom’s 24-hour lockdown is relaxed with a curfew from 3 p.m to 6 a.m until Sunday, after which the hours will change to 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.. Makkah will remain under a full 24-hour lockdown.

On June 21, all curfews in the Kingdom will be lifted and prayers at Makkah’s mosque will be permitted.

Before then, social distancing guidelines must continue to be adhered to and gatherings of more than 50 people will continue to be banned.

Authorities have also allowed the attendance at ministries, government agencies and private sector companies, and the return of their office activities.

Some economic and commercial activities will also be allowed to take place including those at wholesale and retail shops, as well as malls. Cafes will be permitted to operate once more.

However, all job sectors where social distancing rules are harder to achieve such as beauty salons, barbershops, sports and health clubs, recreational centers and cinemas will remain closed.

Umrah pilgrimage and international flights will continue to be suspended until further notice.

The new rules are subject to constant evaluation at the health ministry and can be changed if the situation warrants it.

Earlier, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, the health minister, said: “The phases start gradually until we return to normalcy, with its new concept based on social distancing.” 

He added that the precautionary steps taken by the Kingdom early in the outbreak helped to limit the spread of the virus. 

Now, he said, the ministry has developed a plan for the next phase that relies on two main factors: The capacity of the health care system to cope with critical cases, and the expansion of testing to identify new infections as soon as possible.

Reassuring the Saudi nation on Monday, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said: “The bad conditions will pass, God willing, and we are heading toward the good, God willing.” 

The Kingdom recorded 2,235 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, taking the total to 74,795, and the death toll rose by nine to 399. Worldwide the virus has infected more than 5.5 million people and killed nearly 350,000.