Saudi Border Guards rescue 5 people at sea in Alkhobar and Yanbu

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Saudi Border Guards rescued a family from drowning in Alkhobar on Friday.
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Saudi Border Guards rescued a family from drowning in Alkhobar on Friday.
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Updated 23 February 2020

Saudi Border Guards rescue 5 people at sea in Alkhobar and Yanbu

  • Saved from drowning in Alkhobar were a father and his two children
  • In Yanbu, a naval patrol rescued two Bangladeshi fishermen

ALKHOBAR/YANBU: Saudi Border Guards rescued five people in two separate sea mishaps over the weekend.

In the first incident, a maritime patrol saved a citizen and his two daughters from drowning in Alkhobar on Friday.

Omar Al-Aklabi, media spokesman for Border Guards in the Eastern Province, said the Command and Control Center received a call from a woman saying her husband and two daughters, aged 2 and 8, were out swimming and had not returned to the beach.

Search and rescue teams, along with ambulances, were sent to the spot and saved the man and his daughters. All three are now in good condition, the spokesman said.

Al-Aklabi stressed the importance of following safety measures listed on the beaches, which include swimming only in designated places.

Rescued in the second incident were two Bangladeshi fishermen who got stranded in a boat in the Red Sea off the western city of Yanbu.

Colonel Maher Al-Morai, media spokesman for the Border Guards in Madinah region, said the command center received a distress call on Saturday that a boat with two men aboard got wrecked in the Shaab Al-Wasl area in Yanbu.

A naval patrol was dispatched to the wreck site and the fishermen were rescued, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.


KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

Updated 16 min 30 sec ago

KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has assisted Lebanese medical teams treating victims of the Beirut explosion on Tuesday.

Emergency teams from the Souboul Al Salam Relief Team, which is funded by KSRelief, went from north of Lebanon to Beirut to support medical teams on the ground. 

Another team from Al-Amal Medical Center, also funded by KSRelief, provided emergency health care services and started a blood donation campaign to meet the demand of Beirut hospitals.

The prime minister of Lebanon, which is already struggling with an economic crisis and battling COVID-19, has made a desperate plea for help following Tuesday’s deadly explosions.
Kuwait said it has delivered medical aid and other essentials by a military plane on Wednesday morning.
The World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies were sending 40 tonnes of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment to Beirut on a flight paid for by Dubai-based International Humanitarian City, a hub for humanitarian emergency preparedness and response, a WHO representative said.
"We are offering medical trauma kits and surgical kits containing things such as syringes, bandages and surgical gowns," said Nevien Attalla, operations manager for the WHO's Dubai hub.

*With agencies