The father of a 20-year-old girl let his daughter drown at a beach in Dubai rather than have her saved by ‘strange' men of a rescue team, reported Emirates 24|7.
The man, said to be Asian, had taken his family to the beach when his daughter began to drown and screamed for help. However, when rescuers rushed to help, her father stopped them which led to the girl's death.
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Deputy Director of Dubai Police’s Search and Rescue Department Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Burqibah said it was an incident he would never forget. “The 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. 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 man who considered that if these men touched his daughter, then this would dishonour her. It cost him the life of his daughter.”
He continued, “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.”
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“She died unfortunately, at a time when she had a chance to live, especially that the rescue men were so close to pulling her out of the water,” he added.
Lt Col Burqibah confirmed that the girl’s father was later arrested by Dubai Police for stopping the rescue team from saving his daughter’s life and doing their job.
“He was prosecuted and sued by concerned authorities,” he added.
This article originally appeared on Emirates 24|7