x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Man rescued after boat sank fined and jailed for illegal fishing, UAE court rules

A man who swam to shore after his boat sank in a bid to save his friend has been sentenced to three months in prison and fined Dh10,000 for fishing without a licence.

ABU DHABI // A man forced to swim to shore when his boat sank has been jailed for three months and fined Dh10,000 for fishing without a licence.

A?M, an Emirati in his early 20s, was fishing with two other men, another Emirati and a Bangladeshi, when their vessel got into trouble and started sinking.

A?M and the Bangladeshi swam to shore for help because the other man was not a strong swimmer.

But by the time the emergency services found him, he was floating on the surface, dead.

Tests showed that he did not drown but had died from a tramadol overdose.

A?M was then charged at Al Dhafra Court of also using the drug and fishing without a licence.

He was cleared of the drug charge but convicted over the illegal fishing.

hdajani@thenational.ae