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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 October 2018

Woman falls to death from RAK mountain

Police urge thorough preparation, stocks of food and water for climbers

An Asian woman died when she fell off a mountain in Ras Al Khaimah on an outing with family and friends.

The woman lost consciousness and her fall was caused by severe fatigue, said Brig Gen Sulaiman Al Keizi, director of RAK police.

The woman was in her thirties and was on a leisure trip on Friday afternoon with relatives and friends.

A lack of adequate water supply and food on their return journey led to her fainting. She slipped off a depression on the Galila mountain.

Other trekkers in the area called the emergency services. The National Ambulance and rescue teams provided first aid and a Sharjah Police helicopter airlifted the woman to hospital.

However, she died before reaching hospital from the severe injuries sustained in the fall.

Brig Gen Al Keizi cautioned residents and tourists on making thorough preparations on trips into the mountains and to ensure their safety on climbing excursions.

People should consult experts before setting out for rocky and mountainous areas, he said. They should check information about climbing sites, carry communications equipment and adequate supplies for the journey to and from the trek.

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The fatal accident on Friday came three days after a man died after he lost his footing and fell into a 15-metre-deep ditch in the Khor Fakkan area.

The Asian man was out with friends who called the police seeking help late on Tuesday.

Although a rescue team reached the site, the man was found dead, police said.

There have been cases earlier this year of climbers rescued after losing their way in the RAK mountains.

The RAK police spent three hours searching for the couple who said they could not find their way back to their car after setting out to explore the mountains. The couple managed to send police their location via WhatsApp before they lost connectivity.

Police have warned that it was difficult for rescue teams to find people who were stranded at night in remote locations with no access to mobile network coverage.