DUBAI – A 20 year old Asian woman has tragically drowned after her father allegedly prevented Dubai lifeguards from coming to the rescue because that would “dishonour” her, Emirati news media reported Monday.
Speaking to Emirates 24|7, Lt. Col Ahmed Burqibah, Deputy Director of Dubai Police’s Search and Rescue Department said that this incident took place at a beach in Dubai.
When two lifeguards tried to help the drowning 20-year-old, her father “started pulling and preventing the rescue men and got violent with them”, it reported.
“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.”
He pointed out that this delay and fight with the girl’s father cost the girl her life. She drowned.
“She died unfortunately, at a time when she had a chance to live, especially that the rescue men were so close to her to pull her out of the water.”
Lt. Col. Burqibah added 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 the concerned authorities.”