Boy, 9, drowns while swimming in sea off Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah: A nine-year-old Emirati boy has drowned while swimming in the sea off Ras Al Khaimah while his two brothers are fighting for their lives at Saqr Hospital.

The siblings went for a swim when the incident occurred on Tuesday, around 8pm, said police.

The victim, identified by police as Zayed Eid Al Mashtafi, is a Grade 3 pupil of Al Khiran School.

Major Tareq Al Sharhan, head of the Emergency Department at Ras Al Khaimah Police, told Gulf News that they received report on Tuesday at 8pm about the drowning incident.

When the rescue team reached the scene, they found the two elder brothers who are both aged under 15 and pulled them out of the sea.

They could not immediately locate the younger brother, who might have been taken away by rip currents.

It took rescuers 30 minutes to find the boy, Major Al Sharhan said.

The two survivor brothers were admitted to the ICU of the hospital.

The three brothers were with their mother when the incident occurred, he said.

Major Al Sharhan urged parents to monitor their children closely, know the tide direction, and never let youngsters out at sea alone.

He also advised people to not resist the sea currents when they are pulled away, as after a short distance, the person will find himself/herself able to swim back to the shore again.

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