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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

RAK police helicopter rescues three hikers from mountain

Tourists rang authorities for help after realising they were lost

A police helicopter from Ras Al Khaimah rescued three hikers who lost their way up a mountain in the emirate on Sunday.

Officials said they were phoned by the tourists when they realised they were unable to locate their vehicle.

Col Saeed Al Yamahi, head of the RAK's Air Wing department, said a search and rescue team managed to locate the three - two men and a woman from Poldan - some 1,200 metres above sea level.

"They started their hike on Thursday afternoon and lost their way up Jebel Jais mountain," said Col Al Yamahi.

"One of them called the operation room on Friday around 6am and we dispatched a rescue team in a helicopter to search for them.

"They didn't have any water or food but due to the cool weather they were fine and not dehydrated."

Col Al Yamahi said that mountain climbers or walkers need to take care when hiking in unfamiliar hills.

In June last year, a British man, 25, died after slipping and falling while walking in the mountains of RAK.

"They should have enough water and food, headlamps, safety equipment, a GPS, and an experienced partner," Col Al Yamahi said.

"We always urge people to inform the nearest police station about their mountain treks so we can locate them easily."