Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 23 May 2019

Tourists rescued from RAK mountains

The women could not find their way back to their car after the sun set

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates - November 26, 2018: The remarkable plants of the Ru'us Al Jibbal and Hajjar Mountains are being recorded by botanist Marina Tsaliki for the RAK government before they are lost to quick paced development. Monday the 26th of November 2018 in Ras Al Khaimah. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates - November 26, 2018: The remarkable plants of the Ru'us Al Jibbal and Hajjar Mountains are being recorded by botanist Marina Tsaliki for the RAK government before they are lost to quick paced development. Monday the 26th of November 2018 in Ras Al Khaimah. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Three tourists were rescued by civil defence on Friday after becoming lost in the mountains of Ras Al Khaimah.

The European women, aged between 31 and 34, were on an “exploratory trip” when the sun set and they could no longer find their way back to their car.

One of them called police at 6.30pm and a search and rescue team, along with paramedics, set off to find them.

The women were found and given first aid, though Brig Mohammed Al Humaidi, director general of the operations room for RAK Police, said they were unharmed.

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“They started their trip in the early morning and lost their way at night due to lack of experience in the area,” said Brig Al Humaidi.

“The team found them within a few hours and guided them to safety, along with two other trekkers, of Asian origin, who happened to be in the area at the time."

Brig Al Humaidi called on the public not to go on hikes in the mountains unless accompanied by an experienced guide and to abide by signage.

He advised that trekkers plan their routes carefully and inform authorities before setting out.

Updated: January 14, 2019 01:30 PM

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