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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 February 2019

Emiratis rescued after being stranded in Empty Quarter for five days

Saudi Arabian Border Guards come to aid of men who came unstuck on desert trip

Two Emirati men were rescued after being stranded in the Empty Quarter for five days. 
Two Emirati men were rescued after being stranded in the Empty Quarter for five days. 

Two Emiratis stranded in the Empty Quarter for five days after their vehicle got stuck in the sand have been rescued.

A search and rescue operation was launched to locate the two men, who had been last seen on Wednesday.

The Saudi Arabian Border Guards said the men were located in a remote stretch of the Empty Quarter, the largest uninterrupted sand mass in the world.

"The land patrols of Al Bathaa border guards have managed to rescue two Emiratis on Monday after their vehicle got stuck in a remote area in the Empty Quarter,” said a statement released on Twitter by the border guards.

The Dammam Medical Rescue and Coordination Centre (DMRCC) received a report on Sunday saying that the Emirati men had been missing since Wednesday.

A rescue and search team was formed to locate the Emirati with the help of Al Bathaa and Al Ordah border guard patrols and the General Security Aviation Command.

The Emiratis were found near their SUV, which was stuck in the sand, and were provided with the medical check-ups before their vehicle was pulled out of the sand, allowing them to resume their trip.

Updated: January 15, 2019 05:11 PM

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