A man of Asian origin has been arrested after he prevented life guards from saving his drowning daughter off a Dubai beach, reported Emirates 24/7.
In statements to Emirates 24/7, Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Burqibah, Deputy Director of Dubai Police’s Search and Rescue Department, revealed that a 20-year-old girl died after her father prevented two rescue men from saving her from drowning.
“The Asian father took his wife and kids to the beach for picnic and fun. The kids were swimming in the beach when suddenly, the 20-year-old girl started drowning and screaming for help,” said the Lieutenant Colonel, adding that it was one of the most shocking incidents he has ever witnessed.
“Two rescue men were at the beach, and they rushed to help the girl. However, there was one obstacle which prevented them from reaching the girl and helping her.
“This obstacle was the belief of this Asian man who considered that if these men touched his daughter, then this would dishonour her. It cost him the life of his daughter,” explained the Lieutenant Colonel.
“The father was a tall and strong man. He started pulling and preventing the rescue men and got violent with them. He told them that he prefers his daughter being dead than being touched by a strange man,” said the Lieutenant Colonel to Emirates 24/7, stating that by the time the rescuers were able to reach the young woman she had already died.
“This is one of the incidents which I cannot forget. It shocked me and many others who were involved in the case.”
The unidentified man has been arrested and will be prosecuted for his actions that resulted in the death of the 20-year-old woman.