Woman drowns after father stops ‘strange’ lifeguards from touching her

By Samantha Luiz
10 August 2015

A father let his daughter drown because he did not want “strange men” to touch his daughter.

The incident took place on a beach in Dubai.

“This is one of the incidents which I cannot forget,” Lt. Col Ahmed Burqibah, deputy director of Dubai Police’s Search and Rescue Department, told Emirates 24/7.

'He started pulling and preventing the rescue men and got violent with them'

“It shocked me and many others who were involved in the case.”

According to the colonel, the unidentified man took his wife and kids to the beach for a picnic and fun in the sun.

“The kids were swimming in the beach when suddenly, the 20-year-old girl started drowning and screaming for help.”

Two lifeguards who were at the beach rushed to help the girl in distress. But there was one obstacle that prevented them from saving the young woman.

“This obstacle was the belief of this Asian man who considered that if these men touched his daughter, then this would dishonour her. It cost him the life of his daughter,” said Lt. Col Ahmed.

By the time the men had fought off the woman’s father, she had drowned.

“The father was a tall and strong man. He started pulling and preventing the rescue men and got violent with them.

“He told them that he prefers his daughter being dead than being touched by a strange man.”

The woman’s father was later arrested and prosecuted.

Sources: emirates247.com, metro.co.uk

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